DALLAS, TX – Former president of Texas A&M University Robert Gates, who also served as Secretary of Defense and as the nation’s top spy when he was director of Central Intelligence, will soon be the top troop leader for the Boy Scouts of America.
It should come as no surprise that gates is an Eagle Scout, so the Medal of Freedom he received a couple of years ago from President Obama probably fits in well with his banner full of merit badges.
Gates was president of the national Eagle Scouts Association and received its Silver Buffalo Award for extraordinary service to youth, scouting’s highest honor.
He’s president-elect of the Boy Scouts, and will begin a two-year term as president in May.
As Secretary of Defense, Gates helped repeal the ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ policy in the military. As the next Boy Scouts president, he’ll have to deal with more gay-rights issues.
Last May, the Boy Scouts removed a ban on membership based solely on sexual orientation, a move that met with lots of opposition from current and former scouts, and religious organizations.
After years of working with crafty politicians, tenured faculty, and questionable world leaders, dealing with the problems facing the Boy Scouts may be the hardest part of his long career.
Let’s hope he’s prepared.