The National Association of Evangelicals has chosen a former top official of the Salvation Army to serve as its new executive director. W. Todd Bassett, the former national commander of the Salvation Army, has been a member of the NAE’s executive committee for four years. “We’re thrilled to have him do this,” said interim NAE president Leith Anderson, a Minnesota pastor. Officials of the umbrella organization explained that Bassett is not succeeding Ted Haggard, who resigned last November as president amid a sex and drug scandal. This is a role “we used to have in years gone by” and have restored, said Richard Cizik, vice president for governmental affairs. Bassett was national commander from 2002 through April of 2006 in the Salvation Army.