NEW BRITAIN, Conn.—Former U.S. Secretary of Defense Robert Gates is coming to Central Connecticut State University.
Gates is scheduled to appear Tuesday night on the New Britain campus, where he is this year's Robert C. Vance Distinguished Lecture speaker.
Gates was defense secretary from 2006 until earlier this year. He was originally appointed by former President George W. Bush, a Republican, and was later reappointed by Democratic President Barack Obama.
Gates is the 14th cabinet member in U.S. history to serve under two presidents of different political parties.
He served 26 years at the Central Intelligence Agency and the National Security Council before becoming Secretary of Defense. He has also been president of Texas A&M University.
Spectators must get advance tickets for his speech at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday.