Please note that the interview is now scheduled to run Tuesday or Wednesday morning on CBS This Morning. -Ed
Charlie Rose, co-host of “CBS This Morning,” will be on campus at the nation’s second-oldest college this weekend to conduct an interview with William & Mary alumnus and former Secretary of Defense Robert M. Gates ’65. Gates, who was installed in February as William & Mary’s 24th Chancellor, will be in town to take part in this weekend’s Commencement activities, including Sunday’s ceremony.
Rose, an Emmy award winning journalist and longtime host of “Charlie Rose,” which airs nightly on PBS, will interview Gates in the College’s historic Sir Christopher Wren Building. Excerpts of the interview will run Tuesday or Wednesday on the nationally televised “CBS This Morning” program. The full interview will air later in the week on Rose’s PBS talk show.
Gates retired in June 2011 after serving since 2006 as head of the U.S. Department of Defense. He is the only defense secretary in the nation’s history to serve two presidents from different political parties – serving under former President George W. Bush and President Barack Obama. Prior to becoming defense secretary, he served in numerous capacities in the Executive Branch and worked for eight presidents. He is also the former director of the Central Intelligence Agency. From 2002 to 2006, Gates was president of Texas A&M University.
At William & Mary’s 2012 Charter Day ceremony, Gates was invested as Chancellor, an honorary position with a long tradition at the university. He succeeded U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor.
In addition to the CBS interview, Gates will take part in a number of activities over the weekend, including offering welcoming remarks at Sunday’s Commencement ceremony. Broadcast icon Jim Lehrer, the longtime host of the “PBS NewsHour,” will serve as the ceremony’s keynote speaker.
“CBS This Morning,” with co-hosts Rose, Gayle King and Erica Hill, launched earlier this year as the network’s new morning program, replacing “The Early Show.” It airs from 7-9 a.m. each weekday morning on all local CBS affiliates and has a national audience of more than 2.5 million viewers. “Charlie Rose” airs nightly at various times on PBS channels across the country. Locally, it airs at 5:30 p.m. on WHRO digital television 15.1 (local cable PBS channel 15).Note: This story will be updated as more information is available.