Robert Gates, defense secretary from 2006 to 2011, has been nominated as national president-elect of the Boy Scouts of America and an executive committee member for the organization’s national executive board.
The former central intelligence director awaits the National Council’s approval for a two-year term starting in May 2014 to lead more than 2.6 million scouts, the BSA said Wednesday.
“As an Eagle Scout, I know firsthand how impactful this program can be and I believe its mission is more important today than ever before,” Gates said.
“I am honored to take on this role and look forward to working on behalf of the millions of youth and adult members who make Scouting what it is today—an organization providing life-changing opportunities to today’s youth.”
He has previously served as a National Executive Board member and National Eagle Scout Association president.
Gates is a recipient of the BSA’s Silver Buffalo Award, the organization’s highest recognition for service to youth; and a Vigil Honor member of the Order of the Arrow.