|Name||Robert M. Gates|
, Texas , United States
|| September 25, 1943
|Last Modifed||Christie-Toomey '16|
Dec 02, 2008 01:17pm
|Info||Robert M. Gates served as Director of Central Intelligence from 6 November 1991 until 20 January 1993. In this position, he headed all foreign intelligence agencies of the United States and directed the Central intelligence Agency. Dr. Gates is the only career officer in CIA's history to rise from entry-level employee to Director and the only intelligence analyst to become Director. |
Dr. Gates served as Assistant to the President and Deputy National Security Adviser at the White House from 20 January 1989 until 6 November 1991.
Dr. Gates joined the Central Intelligence Agency in 1966 and spent nearly 27 years as an intelligence professional, serving six presidents. During that period, he spent nearly nine years at the National Security Council, The White House, serving four presidents of both political parties.
Dr. Gates has been awarded the National Security Medal, the Presidential citizens Medal, has twice received the National Intelligence Distinguished Service Medal, and has three times received CIA's highest award, the Distinguished Intelligence Medal.
Dr. Gates is the author of an acclaimed memoir, From the Shadows: The Ultimate Insider's Story of Five Presidents and How they Won the Cold War, published in 1996.
Dr. Gates is currently the President of Texas A & M University. Dr. Gates served at Dean of the George Bush School of Government and Public Service at Texas A&M University from 1999- 2001. He also is a member of the board of trustees of the Fidelity Funds, and a member of the board of directors of TRW, Inc., LucasVarity plc, NACCO Industries, and Parker Drilling Company. He also serves as senior adviser or consultant to several major international firms, and is a trustee of the Charles Stark Draper Laboratory in Boston.
As a Boy Scout, Dr. Gates received his God and Country Award in 1957, his Eagle Scout Award in 1958, and became a Vigil Honor member of the Order of the Arrow in 1959. As a Scout, he attended Philmont twice, once as a hiker and in 1959 for the National Junior Leader Training Camp. Dr. Gates is a recipient of the Distinguished Eagle Scout award, presented to him in 1993 in his hometown of Wichita, Kansas, by Senate Majority Leader Robert Dole. Dr. Gates currently is a member of the national executive board of the Boy Scouts of America and president of the National Eagle Scout Association.
Dr. Gates received his BA 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. Dr. Gates is 58, married and has two children.
Gates is registered Independent but considers himself a Republican.