VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (WVEC) -- Former Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell, fresh from having his corruption conviction overturned by the U.S. Supreme Court, is joining Regent University as a professor.

The University says McDonnell will teach in the Robertson School of Government and will help estabilsh a Governor's Center for Federalism and Civility, beginning in January 2017. The initiative will assist the states in understanding their role in a federal society.

McDonnell is no stranger to Regent. He graduated from the university with a master's degree in public policy in 1989, and later served on the Regent Board of Trustees from 1997 to 2005.

McDonnell was elected to serve as Virginia's governor from 2010 to 2014. He ran into legal trouble as he was leaving the governor's mansion, when he and his wife were tried and convicted of receiving lavish gifts as governor, which prosecutors argued constituted as a quid pro quo.

The governor appealed his conviction all the way to the Supreme Court, who unanimously ruled earlier this year that McDonnell did not break the law.

The U.S. Attorney chose not to re-try McDonnell, and a federal judge dismissed the case.

McDonnell said in a statement that his "painful journey through the justice system" refocused his attention from politics to people and policy. McDonnell was also Virginia's Attorney General and served as a state lawmaker.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.