Robert Gates

CIA director, U.S. Secretary of Defense, and university president

Robert Michael Gates (born September 25, 1943) was the 22nd United States Secretary of Defense. He took office on December 18, 2006 under George W. Bush and Barack Obama's administrations until his retirement on July 1, 2011[1] Prior to this, Gates served for 26 years in the Central Intelligence Agency and the United States National Security Council. Under President George H. W. Bush, Gates served as Director of Central Intelligence. He was also president of Texas A&M. He is currently Chancellor of the College of William and Mary.

Robert Michael Gates
23rd Chancellor of The College of William & Mary
Assumed office
February 3, 2012
Preceded bySandra Day O'Connor
22nd United States Secretary of Defense
In office
December 18, 2006 – July 1, 2011
PresidentGeorge W. Bush
Barack Obama
DeputyGordon R. England
Preceded byDonald Rumsfeld
Succeeded byLeon Panetta
22nd President of Texas A&M University
In office
August 1, 2002 – December 16, 2006
Preceded byRay M. Bowen
Succeeded byEddie J. Davis
15th Director of Central Intelligence
In office
November 6, 1991 – January 20, 1993
PresidentGeorge H. W. Bush
DeputyRichard James Kerr
William Oliver Studeman
Preceded byWilliam Hedgcock Webster
Succeeded byR. James Woolsey, Jr.
16th Deputy Director of Central Intelligence
In office
April 1986 – March 1989
PresidentRonald Reagan
George H. W. Bush
Preceded byJohn Norman McMahon
Succeeded byRichard James Kerr
Personal details
Born (1943-09-25) September 25, 1943 (age 80)
Wichita, Kansas
Alma materCollege of William & Mary, Indiana University, Georgetown University
Military service
Branch/serviceUnited States Air Force
Years of service1967-1969
Battles/warsVietnam War


  1. "New US defence secretary sworn in". BBC News. December 18, 2006. Retrieved 2006-12-18.