The Leo Hill Leadership Speaker Series: An Evening with Robert Gates

Event Information

Share this event

Date and Time

Location

Location

Macky Auditorium Concert Hall

1595 Pleasant Street

Boulder, CO 80309

View Map

Event description

Description

Tickets for CU students, faculty, and staff are available starting on Wednesday, January 25th. Tickets for the general public are available starting on Wednesday, February 1st.

Former Secretary of Defense and Central Intelligence Agency Director Robert Gates will visit the CU Boulder campus Feb. 28 through March 1, delivering a public address, spending time in the classroom and kicking off a new speaker series aimed at inspiring and illustrating leadership.

Gates is the first speaker in a newly launched leadership speaker series run by the Newton Chair in Leadership. The position is now held by former CU President Alexander “Sandy” Bracken. The new Leo Hill Distinguished Leadership Speaker Series is funded by the estate of and named after a well-known Boulder banker and philanthropist.

“Robert Gates served eight presidents beginning with Jimmy Carter and served as secretary of defense under two administrations of two different political parties - George W. Bush and President Obama,” Bracken said. “That alone speaks volumes about his character and leadership skills.”

Gates joined the CIA in 1966 as an entry-level intelligence professional and spent 27 years climbing the ranks before becoming CIA director in 1991. After a stint as president of Texas A&M University, he was named secretary of defense by President George W. Bush in 2006.

Under President Barack Obama, he became the only secretary of defense in U.S. history to have been asked to remain in the office by a newly elected president. On his last day in office, Obama awarded Gates the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the government’s highest civilian honor.

Gates has since authored three memoirs, including “Duty: Memoirs of a Secretary at War,” which recounts his experiences in Iraq and Afghanistan; “From the Shadows: The Ultimate Insider’s Story of Five Presidents and How They Won The Cold War,” which details his CIA career; and most recently “A Passion for Leadership: Lessons on Change and Reform from 50 Years of Public Service.” He also holds a PhD in Russian and Soviet history.

For questions, comments, or concerns please call the Macky Auditorium Box Office at 303-492-8440.

Date and Time

Location

Macky Auditorium Concert Hall

1595 Pleasant Street

Boulder, CO 80309

View Map

Save This Event

Event Saved