Chief Scout Executive

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Chief Scout Executive
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OwnerBoy Scouts of America
CreatedNovember 28, 1911
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The Chief Scout Executive is the top professional of the National Council of the Boy Scouts of America. In most similar non-profit organizations, this is equivalent to the position of, CEO,[1] national executive director or secretary general. [2]

The current Chief Scout Executive is Michael Surbaugh. Surbaugh took office on October 1, 2015 and succeeded Wayne Brock.[3]

This position should not be confused with the position of Chief Scout. Many National Scout associations still use this position; however, it is always for a volunteer position, not a paid one. In the BSA, only three people (Ernest Thompson Seton, James E. West and Elbert K. Fretwell) have held the position of Chief Scout, which is separate and distinct from the position of CSE.[4]

History[edit]

Edgar M. Robinson was the YMCA's first International Secretary for Boys' Work and had written an article in the national YMCA's magazine praising the Scouting program in use at many YMCA's in the country. He saw the need to help William D. Boyce with the organization of the BSA, met with Boyce on May 3, 1910, and agreed to help Boyce organize the BSA national leadership at its June meeting. He recommended John Alexander, another YMCA executive, be appointed the managing secretary, and Alexander served in that role from June until the end of the year, when the national executive board appointed James E. West to that position, effective January 1911. West took on the position initially for a sixth month period, settled into the role, and assumed the new position of Chief Scout Executive by agreement with the board in November 1911.[citation needed]

There have been 13 men who have served in the position of Chief Scout Executive during the long history of the BSA. All other professional Scouters and employees of the National Council BSA work under the direction of the Chief Scout Executive.

Over the history of the BSA, the sitting Chief Scout Executive has during some periods appointed a Deputy Chief Scout Executive and/or one or more Assistant Chief Scouts Executive. In most cases, these men reported directly to the CSE, but in some cases, an assistant CSE worked under the direction of the Deputy CSE. Although the Deputy CSE has normally been considered the "right hand" person to the Chief Scout Executive, there is not an automatic succession to the top position, which has been filled by appointment by a committee of the national executive board on each occasion that a new Chief Scout Executive was needed.[citation needed]

List of Chief Scout Executives[edit]

Chief Scout Executives
Number Name Start End Eagle Scout DESA Silver Buffalo OA DSA Bronze Wolf
1 James E. West 1911 1943 1926 1940
2 Elbert K. Fretwell 1943 1948 1938
3 Arthur A. Schuck 1948 1960 1950 1942 1960
4 Joseph A. Brunton, Jr. 1960 1967 1918 1969 1973 1946 1967
5 Alden G. Barber 1967 1976 1933 1969 1975 1975[5]
6 Harvey L. Price 1976 1979 1929 1977 1977
7 James L. Tarr 1979 1984 1935 1979 1979 1983
8 Ben H. Love 1985 1993 1986 1990[6]
9 Jere B. Ratcliffe 1993 2000 1955 1991 1998 1997[7]
10 Roy Williams 2000 2007 2000
11 Bob Mazzuca 2007 2012 1964 2009
12 Wayne Brock 2012 2015 1965 2009
13 Michael B. Surbaugh 2015 1976 2017 2018

Deputy Chief Scout Executives[edit]

Deputy Chief Scout Executives
Start End Name
1919 1943 George J. Fisher
1943 1944 Perry A. Lint
1945 1960 Pliny Hunnicut Powers
2009 2012 Wayne Brock
2013 2015 Gary Butler[8]

List of Assistant Chief Scouts Executive[edit]

Assistant Chief Scouts Executive
Start End Name
1931 1943 Arthur A. Schuck
1951 1952 James P. Fitch[9]
1957 1962 Charles M. Heistand[9][10]
1961 ? Robert L. Billington
1963 1968 Marsh M. Ammerman[11][12]
1970 ? Marshall Monroe[13]
1999 2006 David J. Ross II[14][15][16][17]
2001 2006 Kenneth Connelly[18]
2006 2007 Bob Mazzuca,[19] was promoted to Chief Scout Executive
2006 2011 James Terry[20]
2006 2009 Wayne Brock,[21] was promoted to Deputy Chief Scout Executive
2010 2013 Gary Butler, was promoted to Deputy Chief Scout Executive
2010 2019 Brad Farmer
2011 2015 Alf Tuggle
2017 present Patrick Sterrett[22]
2017 present Mark Logemann[23]
2017 present Al Lambert[24]
2019 present John Mosby[25]

See also[edit]

External links[edit]

  • "Scouting Founders". BSA. Archived from the original on March 3, 2008.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Sforza, Teri (August 7, 2009). "National Boy Scouts explain $1.6 million salary for top exec". OC Register. Archived from the original on May 5, 2017. Retrieved May 5, 2017.
  2. ^ "Position Definitions". BSA. Retrieved September 18, 2009.
  3. ^ "Michael Surbaugh to Serve as Next Chief Scout Executive for the Boy Scouts of America". Archived from the original on November 19, 2015. Retrieved November 18, 2015.
  4. ^ Brown, Edward M. (2009). "History and Evolution of Commissioner Insignia" (PDF). Longhorn Council. Boy Scouts of America.
  5. ^ "Alden Barber biography". Mic-O-Say.
  6. ^ "Ben Love biography". Mic-O-Say.
  7. ^ "Jere Ratcliffe biography". Mic-O-Say.
  8. ^ https://scoutingwire.org/farewell-to-gary-butler-bsa-deputy-chief-scout-executive-and-chief-operating-officer/
  9. ^ a b "Regional Scout Executives of the Boy Scouts of America 1920-1968" (PDF).
  10. ^ "Charles M. Heistand Obituary".
  11. ^ "The Wonderful World of Scouting - Start of Construction at the New York World's Fair 1964-1965" (PDF). November 12, 1963.
  12. ^ "National Board Meeting Minutes". September 7, 1968. Archived from the original on August 18, 2004. Alpha Phi Omega
  13. ^ "White Stag Skill History".
  14. ^ "Outstanding Alumni David Ross- Class of 1967". Retrieved April 12, 2009.
  15. ^ "39 Arrowmen Honored with the Distinguished Service Award". Archived from the original on June 21, 2010. Retrieved January 14, 2010.
  16. ^ "Dave Ross OA Distinguished Service Award". oa-bsa.org. Archived from the original on November 5, 2006.
  17. ^ "Dave Ross biography". Mic-O-Say.
  18. ^ "NOAC Distinguished Service Award Announcement" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on December 5, 2008. Retrieved February 20, 2009.
  19. ^ "Chief Scout Executive". Archived from the original on January 12, 2010. Retrieved January 14, 2010.
  20. ^ "Assistant Chief Scout Executive - Chief Financial Officer". Archived from the original on January 10, 2010. Retrieved January 14, 2010.
  21. ^ "Assistant Chief Scout Executive - Chief Operating Officer". Archived from the original on January 10, 2010. Retrieved January 14, 2010.
  22. ^ Sterrett, Patrick (September 19, 2017). "Asst. Chief Scout Executive". scoutingwire.org. Boy Scouts of America.
  23. ^ Logemann, Mark (September 19, 2017). "Asst. Chief Scout Executive". scoutingwire.org. Boy Scouts of America.
  24. ^ Lambert, Al (September 19, 2017). "Asst. Chief Scout Executive". scoutingwire.org. Boy Scouts of America.
  25. ^ Mosby, John (March 29, 2019). "Asst. Chief Scout Executive". www.scoutingwire.org. Boy Scouts of America.