IRVING (October 30, 2013) Former U.S> Secretary of Defense and Texas A&M University President Robert Gates was named the next president of the Boy Scouts of America Wednesday.
The organization announced Gates' appointment to the volunteer position Wednesday.
His two-year term begins next May, once he's formally approved by the voting members of the Boy Scouts' National Council.
Gates is an Eagle Scout who served as director of the Central Intelligence Agency and secretary of defense to two presidents before stepping down two years ago.
He was president of Texas A&M from August 2002 until December 2006.
Gates would lead the Boy Scouts' National Executive Board, which consists of dozens of former Scouts and business executives.
The board guided the process that led to the group's decision earlier this year allowing openly gay Scouts.
As defense secretary, Gates oversaw the end of the military's "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy.