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KS native nominated to lead Boy Scouts of America

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Robert Gates

The Boy Scouts of America have nominated former Defense Secretary and ex-Director of the Central Intelligence Agency Robert Gates to lead the organization, according to a Wednesday news release.

Gates was raised in Wichita and is a graduate of Wichita East High School.

If approved by the Boy Scouts’ national council, the Eagle Scout will begin a two-year term as president in May. The organization, which has about 2.6 million youth members, also elected Gates to its national executive board.

boy scouts logoGates has long had a relationship with the organization. He is a past president of the National Eagle Scout Association and has been awarded the Silver Buffalo Award, for service to youth, and was named to the Order of the Arrow, “the highest mark of distinction and recognition for those with exceptional service and unselfish interests,” according to the Boy Scouts.

He received his bachelor’s degree from the College of William and Mary, where he is chancellor, his master’s degree in history from Indiana University, and his doctorate in Russian and Soviet history from Georgetown University. He and his wife, Becky, have two grown children.

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