Robert Gates Featured Speaker for Fall 2011 Distinguished Lecture Series at Trinity University

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Mary Anthony
mary.anthony@trinity.edu
210-999-8441
Aug. 26, 2011

Robert Gates Featured Speaker for Fall 2011 Distinguished Lecture Series at Trinity University


Tickets for “An Evening with Robert Gates” will be available to the general public on Monday, Oct. 3 on a first-come, first-served basis.


SAN ANTONIO - Robert Gates, Secretary of Defense from 2006-2011, is the featured speaker of the 2011 Distinguished Lecture Series scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 25, in Laurie Auditorium.

The lecture is free, but tickets are required. Tickets will be available to the general public on a first-come, first-served basis beginning Monday, Oct. 3, at the Laurie Auditorium box office. Limit two tickets per person. Tickets must be claimed in person; phone reservations or e-mails will not be accepted. For more information, visit www.trinity.edu/laurie.

One of the most respected leaders in recent U.S. history, Gates served as a trusted adviser to eight U.S. presidents, driving U.S. intelligence and defense policies over the past four and a half decades from the Cold War to today's ongoing war on terrorism. Drawing upon his experience as Secretary of Defense under two presidents-Barack Obama and George W. Bush-and through two wars-Iraq and Afghanistan-Gates will share candid insights on global politics and world affairs, U.S. intelligence and defense strategies, leadership and leading change in a large institution, and the global challenges of the 21st century. Considered "The Soldier's Secretary" for his commitment to placing the men and women in uniform as his top priority, Gates made significant advances in soldier safety including replacing vehicles in the field with heavily armored vehicles, which according to USA Today, reduced roadside bomb attacks and fatalities by almost 90 percent.

In June of this year, Gates was awarded the Presdential Medal of Freedom, America's highest civilian honor. A three-time recipient of the Distinguished Intelligence Medal, the Central Intelligence Agency's highest award, he is the only career officer in the CIA's history to rise from entry-level employee to director. A nonpartisan senior level official - considered an anomaly by the Washington Post-Gates' leadership and guidance earned him the National Security Medal, the Presidential Citizens Medal and the National Intelligence Distinguished Service Medal. Successes include the reshaping of U.S. nuclear weapons policies, the removal of troops from Iraq, and the resurgence of troops in Afghanistan-culminating in the death of Osama bin Laden.

The Distinguished Lecture Series is made possible by an endowment gift by Mr. and Mrs. Walter F. Brown of San Antonio. For more information, contact Mary Anthony in the Office of University Communications at 210-999-8441.