Irving, Texas (December 11, 2023) — Roger C. Mosby, the President, CEO, and 14th Chief Scout Executive of the Boy Scouts of America, is retiring after nearly four years at the helm of the organization and more than 39 years as a dedicated and highly decorated Scouting volunteer.
Roger Mosby was hired on December 29, 2019, following Chief Scout Executive Michael B. Surbaugh in the position. He is succeeded by Roger A. Krone, who was recently introduced as the organization’s next president and CEO.
Against the backdrop of a global pandemic and other challenges, Roger Mosby steered the BSA through several important milestones, including the emergence from bankruptcy and the continued integration of girls into its programs for younger youth.
“Roger helped secure the future of this organization with his determination and dedication,” said National Chair Brad Tilden, who worked side-by-side with Mosby as one of the BSA’s top two volunteers. “We couldn’t be more grateful for his steady leadership and can never thank him enough for the contributions he has made at all levels of Scouting. We wish him and his family the best in his retirement.”
“Protecting the youth and families in Scouting and compensating victims and survivors of abuse were always top-of-mind for Roger throughout his tenure,” said National Commissioner Scott Sorrels. “He felt the weight of the responsibility, and because of his work, our families are safer and the future of the program is secure. It’s a remarkable legacy.”
“It is my hope that my time here has been helpful to the BSA’s members, volunteers and professionals as they continue to prepare our nation’s youth for meaningful, productive lives of service to others,” said Mosby. “Scouting’s greatest strength is its volunteers at all levels. Working with these remarkable individuals over the past few years has been the pinnacle of my career.”
Mosby joined the BSA professionally after more than 39 years as a Scouting volunteer, including time as an adult leader of two Cub Scout packs, assistant Scoutmaster of a Boy Scout troop and committee chair of two others. He served in volunteer positions with Mid-America and Sam Houston Area councils, including Council Commissioner before serving as Southern Region Area Commissioner, Southern Region Youth Protection Chair, Vice-Chair of the National Cub Scout Committee, Vice-Chair of the International Committee and Audit Committee Chair of the World Organization of the Scout Movement.
Mosby is the second person after Dr, Elbert Fretwell in his position since James E. West — the BSA’s first professional Executive Secretary (as the position was called in 1911) — who was not already a BSA professional when he accepted the position. Like his predecessors at the National Service Center, he later earned the title of Chief Scout Executive by becoming a commissioned BSA professional.
Before joining the BSA’s professional ranks, he was an executive in the oil and gas industry and retired in 2015 as a vice president at leading energy infrastructure company Kinder Morgan. He also ran his own consulting firm focused on executive coaching.
Mosby was raised in and around Cape Girardeau, Missouri. He graduated from Shawnee high school in Wolf Lake, Illinois, in 1965. He attended Southeast Missouri State University, earning a Bachelor of Science in 1973.
Mosby is a veteran of the United States Navy and is a Vietnam War veteran.
In honor of his service to the Scouting movement, he has received some of the top awards both in the United States and abroad, including the Bronze Wolf Award (the highest award in World Scouting and the 40th American since its inception in 1935), Silver Beaver Award, Silver Antelope Award, the St. George Emblem of the National Catholic Committee on Scouting, and the Vigil Honor of the Order of the Arrow.
Mosby currently resides in Montgomery, Texas, with his wife Gwen of over 52 years. They have four sons and five grandchildren.
See a Resolution from the Boy Scouts of America National Executive Board Honoring Roger Mosby’s Service to the Scouting Movement here.
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