Gates to kick off Laureate Speaker Series
Former U.S. Secretary of Defense and CIA Director Robert Gates will speak Oct. 7, 2013, during the first installment of the Laureate Speaker Series at Thunderbird. Prior to serving as Secretary of Defense from 2006 to 2011, Gates served for 26 years in the Central Intelligence Agency and National Security Council. The lecture series, an outgrowth of Thunderbird’s planned alliance with Laureate Education, Inc., will bring high-level speakers to Thunderbird about once each quarter. The series will supplement Thunderbird’s ongoing Global Issues Forum events. Select Thunderbird faculty, alumni and students will meet Gates during a VIP reception, followed by a general address and Q&A at 4 p.m.