Gates' resume includes his current job, Chancellor of William & Mary, as well as Secretary of Defense in the George W. Bush administration and Director of Central Intelligence.
It will be interesting to see if Gates alludes to the current controversy at UT. Perry wanted Phil Gramm to be president of A&M when Gates got the job, thanks to the votes of holdover regents appointed by Governor Bush. Knowing Gates (I did a cover story on him just before he left A&M to be SecDef), I wouldn't be surprised if he had something to say on the subject. If he does, it won't be favorable to Perry.
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