Former US Secretary of Defense Robert Gates has been chosen as the next leader of the Boy Scouts of America.
Gates assumes the role in May 2014, five months after the scouts change in policy regarding gay members goes into effect.
The BSA voted earlier this year to change its century-old policy of banning openly gay members up until they reach the age of 18. But the ban remains for adults scout leaders, employees and volunteers.
Gates has experience in such situations.