Robert Gates

Cia Director + U.S. Secretary of Defense + University President
Born Sep 25, 1943

Robert Michael Gates is the 24th Chancellor of the College of William and Mary and a retired civil servant and university president who served as the 22nd United States Secretary of Defense from 2006 to 2011. Prior to this, Gates served for 26 years in the Central Intelligence Agency and the National Security Council, and under President George H. W. Bush as Director of Central Intelligence.… Read More

related links

News + Updates

Browse recent news and stories about Robert Gates.


Learn about the memorable moments in the evolution of Robert Gates.


1943 Birth Born on September 25, 1943.


1961 17 Years Old He graduated from Wichita High School East in 1961. … Read More


1965 21 Years Old Gates then received a scholarship to attend the College of William and Mary, graduating in 1965 with a B.A. in history. … Read More
1966 22 Years Old 1 More Event
Gates then received an M.A. in history from Indiana University in 1966. … Read More
He married his wife Becky on January 7, 1967. … Read More


1974 30 Years Old Gates left the CIA in 1974 to serve on the staff of the National Security Council.
1979 35 Years Old He returned to the CIA in late 1979, serving briefly as the director of the Strategic Evaluation Center, Office of Strategic Research.
1981 37 Years Old 1 More Event
He was named the Director of the DCI/DDCI Executive Staff in 1981, Deputy Director for Intelligence in 1982, and Deputy Director of Central Intelligence from April 18, 1986, to March 20, 1989.


1986 - 1987 2 More Events
1989 45 Years Old Gates was Deputy Assistant to the President for National Security Affairs from March until August 1989, and was Assistant to the President and Deputy National Security Adviser from August 1989 until November 1991.
Gates was nominated, for the second time, for the position of Director of Central Intelligence by President George H. W. Bush on May 14, 1991, confirmed by the Senate on November 5, and sworn in on November 6. … Read More
1993 49 Years Old 1 More Event
The final report of the Independent Counsel for Iran-Contra Scandal, issued on August 4, 1993, said that Gates "was close to many figures who played significant roles in the Iran/contra affair and was in a position to have known of their activities. … Read More


1996 52 Years Old In 1996, Gates' autobiography, From the Shadows: The Ultimate Insider's Story of Five Presidents and How They Won the Cold War, was published. … Read More
1999 55 Years Old Gates was the interim Dean of the George Bush School of Government and Public Service at Texas A&M University from 1999 to 2001.
2002 58 Years Old On August 1, 2002, he became the 22nd President of Texas A&M. As the university president, Gates made progress in four key areas of the university's "Vision 2020" plan, a plan to become one of the top 10 public universities by the year 2020. … Read More


2004 - 2005 3 More Events
Gates was nominated by Republican President George W. Bush as Secretary of Defense after the 2006 election, replacing Donald Rumsfeld. … Read More
On February 2, 2007, Gates was conferred the title of President Emeritus by unanimous vote of the Texas A&M University System Board of Regents. … Read More
Gates committed to remain as President of Texas A&M University through the summer of 2008; President George W. Bush offered the position of United States Director of National Intelligence (DNI) to John Negroponte, who accepted.
On March 1, 2009, he told David Gregory on Meet the Press that he would not commit to how long he would serve as Secretary of Defense but implied that he would not serve the entire first term.
Gates announced in February 2010 that the department would lift its ban on women serving on submarines. … Read More
In a June 10, 2011 speech in Brussels, before NATO, Gates again stated that other NATO members must do more as the United States tackles its budget deficit. … Read More
Original Authors of this text are noted on
Text is made available under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License.