Following an extensive selection process, the Boy Scouts of America named Wayne Brock its next Chief Scout Executive, the organization’s top professional. Brock, the BSA’s current deputy Chief Scout Executive and chief operating officer, will provide general direction of administrative work of the BSA. He follows Robert “Bob” Mazzuca, who will retire in August at the conclusion of his five-year term as Chief Scout Executive. The professional leadership change coincides with a transition of Scouting’s national president, the organization’s top volunteer leader.
“I am honored to be entrusted with the responsibility of leading this great organization at a pivotal time in our history,” Brock said. “We will build upon the great vision and strategic direction put forth by Bob Mazzuca to strengthen our organization as we continue to serve our mission, instilling the values of character and integrity in America’s youth.”
Serving as deputy Chief Scout Executive and COO since 2009, Brock provides leadership and direction to all aspects of operations of the National Council, which is subject to the authority and direction of the Chief Scout Executive and the National Executive Board.
Brock began his career in 1972 as a district executive in New Bern, North Carolina, and then served on the staff in Knoxville, Tennessee. He also served as Scout executive in Athens, Georgia; area director; Scout executive in Orlando, Florida; Southern Region director; and as assistant Chief Scout Executive.
Brock is a recipient of the Distinguished Eagle Scout Award, Order of the Arrow Distinguished Service Award, and he received his Bachelor of Music Education degree from East Carolina University.
The Chief Scout Executive Selection Committee was composed of members of the BSA National Executive Board who were appointed by the BSA’s president and ratified by the Board for selection of a new Chief Scout Executive. The committee was chaired by outgoing President Rex Tillerson (CEO of ExxonMobil) and included nine other influential business executives and business leaders.
“Wayne Brock possesses the right combination of deep institutional knowledge, operational experience, and personal fortitude to successfully lead this organization into the future,” Tillerson said.
In addition to the new Chief Scout Executive, a new national president steps into his role as the organization’s top leader later this month during the BSA’s National Annual Meeting. Telecom pioneer and Seattle Mariners co-owner Wayne Perry becomes the BSA’s 34th president, following Tillerson.
Like Tillerson, Perry has a long, personal history with Scouting. A Scout in his youth, Perry began his adult volunteer tenure as a Cubmaster with Pack 601 in Bellevue, Washington, and has filled a variety of positions since then. During his two-year term, Perry will direct the BSA’s National Executive Board, which guides the youth-service organization. Perry currently serves as chief executive officer of the private equity firm Shotgun Creek Investments. He began his career in telecommunications and was chairman and CEO of Edge Wireless until it was sold to AT&T in 2008. He and his wife, Christine, have four sons—all are Eagle Scouts.
“The Boy Scouts of America has the program, methods, and a 100-year track record of helping boys grow into the types of men they aspire to be and our society needs,” Perry said. “I am proud to be among the more than 1 million volunteers dedicated to this important movement.”
Perry and Brock join National Commissioner Tico Perez, the top volunteer in charge of program quality, to make up the BSA’s Key 3. The trio, consisting of two volunteers and one professional, make up the organization’s highest level of leadership at the national level.
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