Robert J. Mazzuca

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Robert J. Mazzuca
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Robert "Bob" Mazzuca, Chief Scout Executive, Boy Scouts of America
Born 1947
San Juan Bautista, California
Education California Polytechnic State University
Employer Boy Scouts of America
Title Chief Scout Executive
Term 2007 - August 31, 2012
Predecessor Roy Williams
Successor Wayne Brock
Spouse(s) Nanette Mazzuca

Robert J. Mazzuca (/məˈzkə/; born 1947) was the 11th Chief Scout Executive of the Boy Scouts of America. His term started in 2007, and he retired on August 31, 2012.

Early life and family[edit]

Robert Mazzuca was born in 1947 in San Juan Bautista, California. As a boy, Mazzuca joined Boy Scout Troop 28 (now 428) and earned the rank of Eagle Scout in 1964. While a Scout he attended Pico Blanco Scout Reservation of the Monterey Bay Area Council for four summers, including two as staff. Mazzuca was inducted into the Order of the Arrow as a member of Esselen Lodge.

In 1970, Mazzuca received a Bachelor of Arts degree in history from California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo, California.[1]

Mazzuca and his wife Nanette have two sons, one of whom, Vince Mazzuca served as a professional Scouter in the Baltimore Area Council from 2003 to 2005 and then returned in 2006 until 2007.

Scouting career[edit]

Mazzuca began his Scouting professional career in 1971 in Modesto, California as a district executive and as an Exploring executive.[2] He became the Exploring director in Sacramento in 1975 and rose to the positions of field director and the director of field service.

In 1983, Mazzuca became the Scout executive in Stockton, California. He later served as an area director in the Western Region before returning to Sacramento as the Scout executive. In 1992 he became the assistant regional director for the Southern Region and in 1995 he became the Scout executive of the Greater Pittsburgh Council.[3]

In 2005, he became the national director of the development group at the National Council and in 2006 became the assistant Chief Scout Executive. Mazzuca succeeded Roy Williams as Chief Scout Executive on September 1, 2007.[4][5]

Mazzuca is a lifetime member of the National Catholic Committee on Scouting.[6] In July 2008 Mazzuca became an honorary chieftain in the Tribe of Mic-O-Say at H. Roe Bartle Scout Reservation. In 2009 Mazzuca was presented the Distinguished Eagle Scout Award.[7]

Robert Mazzuca, Chief Scout Executive of Boy Scouts of America, received $1,211,572 salary/compensation from the charity. This is the 4th most money given by any charity to the head of the charity, according to Charity Watch.[8]

Upon his retirement at the end of August 2012, Mazzuca was succeeded by Wayne Brock, previously the BSA's Deputy Chief Scout Executive/Chief Operating Officer.[9]

Honors and awards[edit]

Mazzuca is the fifth Chief Scout Executive to serve as a Chieftain in the Tribe of Mic-O-Say.[10] He is also a 2009 recipient of the Order of the Arrow's Distinguished Service Award.

Controversy[edit]

Mazzuca reaffirmed the ban on gay scouts and participation by gay and lesbian parents on multiple occasions at the period when the organization was involved in the expulsion of a number of high-profile gay scouts.[11][12][13]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Cal Poly Grad is U.S.A.'s Top Boy Scout". Archived from the original on September 11, 2007. Retrieved August 20, 2007. 
  2. ^ "Boy Scouts tap local leader for top post". Pittsburg Tribune-Review. Retrieved July 26, 2007. 
  3. ^ McCune, Sara (July 31, 2007). "Former Pittsburgher named national head of Boy Scouts". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Retrieved July 31, 2007. 
  4. ^ "Robert Mazzuca Appointed Chief Scout Executive for the Boy Scouts of America". Business Wire. Retrieved September 1, 2007. 
  5. ^ Kirdahy, Matthew (September 2007). "Teaching Leadership: Scouts Honor". Forbes. Retrieved September 5, 2007. 
  6. ^ "National Catholic Committee on Scouting". Retrieved June 6, 2007. 
  7. ^ "Bob Mazzuca now Eagle". Scouting Radio. 2009. Retrieved 2009-12-30. 
  8. ^ Charity Rating Guide and Watchdog Report, Volume Number 59, December 2011
  9. ^ http://blog.scoutingmagazine.org/2012/05/21/boy-scouts-of-america-names-its-next-chief-scout-executive/
  10. ^ http://hoac-bsa.org/Camping/HonorCampingPrograms/TribeOfMicOSay/Chieftains/Chieftain_BobMazzuca.aspx
  11. ^ Daily News (New York) http://www.nydailynews.com/news/national/boy-scouts-anti-gay-policy-stands-article-1.1116314 |url= missing title (help). 
  12. ^ "Why Do the Boy Scouts Exclude Gays?". The New York Times. July 19, 2012. 
  13. ^ "Boy Scouts reaffirm policy denying gay membership". Chicago Tribune. July 17, 2012. 

External links[edit]

Boy Scouts of America
Preceded by
Roy Williams
Chief Scout Executive
2007-2012
Succeeded by
Wayne Brock