The Boy Scouts of America’s Chief Scout Executive Roy L. Williams has received the University of Texas at Arlington’s (UTA) Distinguished Alumni Award. Williams was honored by the Alumni Association at UTA’s Distinguished Alumni Gala on Saturday, Oct. 8 for his exceptional achievements and leadership.
The Distinguished Alumni Award is the highest honor given by the University and Alumni Association to a graduate. The annual Distinguished Alumni Gala recognizes outstanding alumni for their individual achievements, contributions to their industries professions and service to UT Arlington.
Since 2000, Williams has served as the Chief Scout Executive of the Boy Scouts of America. As the top professional leader of the nation’s largest youth service organization, Chief Williams directs the administration of the organization which delivers Scouting to approximately four million youth nationwide. He has successfully led the Boy Scouts of America’s Good Turn for America national service initiative introduced in 2003.
The Good Turn for America program encourages Scouts nationwide to continue doing “Good Turns” daily in their respective communities. The program is a partnership with some of the nation’s most respected service organizations, including The Salvation Army, Habitat for Humanity and the American Red Cross. The program aims to fight hunger and homelessness, while teaching the habits of healthy living.
Prior to his current position Chief Williams was a Boy Scouts of America district executive, finance director and local council scout executive. He has also served as Boy Scout Division director and Western Region regional director. A 1971 UT Arlington Alumnus, Chief Williams has a bachelor’s degree in business administration and is a veteran of the United States Air Force.