Former Secretary of Defense Dr. Robert M. Gates to Deliver Public Policy Lecture at MCLA


NORTH ADAMS, MA - Former United States Secretary of Defense Dr. Robert M. Gates will deliver a Public Policy lecture at Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts (MCLA) on Tuesday, Nov. 1, at 7 p.m., in the MCLA Amsler Campus Center Gymnasium.

Gates served as the 22nd secretary of defense (2006-2011) and is the only secretary of defense in U.S. history to be asked to remain in that office by a newly-elected president. President Barack Obama is the eighth president Gates has served. He previously served under President George W. Bush.

Made possible through the generosity of the Ruth Proud Charitable Trust, the event is free and open to the public.

"Robert Gates is known for his leadership through the challenging administrations of two U.S. presidents," said John DeRosa, administrator of the Ruth Proud Charitable Trust. "I encourage the public to attend what is sure to be a fascinating look into our defense systems during a particularly challenging time in our nation's history."

On Gates' last day in office, President Barack Obama awarded him the Presidential Medal of Freedom, America's highest civilian honor.

Before becoming secretary of defense in 2006, Gates served as president of Texas A&M University, the nation's seventh largest university. Prior to assuming the Texas A&M presidency, on Aug. 1, 2002, he served as interim dean of the George Bush School of Government and Public Service at Texas A and M, from 1999 to 2001.

Secretary Gates joined the Central Intelligence Agency in 1966 and spent nearly 27 years as an intelligence professional. During that period, he spent nearly nine years at the National Security Council, The White House, serving four presidents of both political parties.

Gates served as Director of Central Intelligence from 1991 until 1993. He is the only career officer in CIA's history to rise from entry-level employee to director. He served as deputy director of central intelligence from 1986 until 1989 and as assistant to the President and deputy national security adviser at the White House from Jan. 20, 1989, until Nov. 6, 1991, for President George H.W. Bush.

Gates was awarded the National Security Medal, the Presidential Citizen's Medal and has received the National Intelligence Distinguished Service Medal two times. In addition, he was awarded received CIA's highest honor, the Distinguished Intelligence Medal, three times.

He is the author of the memoir, "From the Shadows: The Ultimate Insiders Story of Five Presidents and How They Won the Cold War," published in 1996.

Until becoming secretary of defense, Gates served as chairman of the Independent Trustees of The Fidelity Funds, the nation's largest mutual fund company, and on the board of directors of NACCO Industries, Inc., Brinker International, Inc. and Parker Drilling Company, Inc.

Gates also served on the board of directors and executive committee of the American Council on Education, the board of directors of the National Association of State Universities and Land-Grant Colleges, and the national executive board of the Boy Scouts of America. In addition, he has served as president of the National Eagle Scout Association.

A native of Kansas, Gates received his bachelor's degree from the College of William and Mary, his master's degree in history from Indiana University, and his doctorate in Russian and Soviet history from Georgetown University.

In 1967, he was commissioned a second lieutenant in the U.S. Air Force and served as an intelligence officer at Whiteman Air Force Base in Missouri.

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