Charlie Rose, co-host of “CBS This Morning,” came to the nation’s second-oldest college last 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, was on campus to take part in Commencement weekend activities, including Sunday’s ceremony.
Rose, an Emmy award winning journalist and longtime host of “Charlie Rose,” which airs nightly on PBS, interviewed Gates in the Great Hall of the College’s historic Sir Christopher Wren Building. Excerpts of the interview are tentatively scheduled to air about 8:30 a.m. Wednesday on the nationally televised “CBS This Morning” program. The full interview is tentatively scheduled to air Wednesday evening on PBS.
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.
“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, the interview will air at 11:30 p.m. Wednesday on WHRO digital television 15.1 (local cable PBS channel 15). The program will replay on WHRO at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday.