IRVING, TX – May 22, 2023 – The Boy Scouts of America (BSA) is pleased to announce that Brad Tilden has officially assumed the role of Chair of the National Board as of May 21, 2023. Tilden, a highly respected business leader and a Distinguished Eagle Scout, brings with him a wealth of experience and a deep commitment to the organization’s mission of building character and leadership skills in young people.
As the 39th National Chair of the BSA, Brad Tilden will serve as a member of the organization’s Key 3, alongside National Commissioner Scott Sorrels and CEO Roger Mosby, and will play a vital role in guiding its strategic direction. His responsibilities include leading meetings of the National Council, providing oversight to the BSA’s strategic plan, and serving as an important voice on the value of Scouting.
“I am honored to serve in this role,” said Tilden. “My life has been so much better and so much richer because of what I learned in the Boy Scouts and I look forward to working with the 400,000 other adult volunteers to grow the organization and helping young people by getting them outside and instilling in them the values of Scouting.”
Roger Mosby, CEO of the Boy Scouts of America, expressed enthusiasm for Tilden’s appointment, saying, “We are delighted to welcome Brad as our National Chair. His extensive experience with the BSA, combined with his exceptional leadership skills, will be invaluable in advancing our mission and furthering our impact on youth across the nation. We look forward to working closely with Brad and benefiting from his insights and expertise.”
Brad Tilden’s involvement with the BSA spans over 50 years and started in his youth, where he earned his Eagle Scout rank as a member of Troop 392 in the Chief Seattle Council in 1976. Throughout his adult years he continues to contribute to the organization’s growth and success. He served on the board and later as chair of the Chief Seattle Council, overseeing operations and expanding the organization’s reach in underserved communities. Tilden’s leadership also fostered stronger partnerships with local businesses and community organizations, further strengthening the BSA’s impact.
As a member of the BSA’s National Board, Tilden played a pivotal role in shaping the strategic direction of the organization. His dedication and collaborative approach helped address the evolving needs of the BSA, ensuring its continued relevance and effectiveness in the lives of young people.
Brad Tilden retired as Chairman of Alaska Air Group Board in May 2022 and as CEO of Alaska Air Group in March 2021. During his tenure, he led the Alaska Air Group with a strong focus on safety, low fares, profitable network growth, industry-leading operations, and remarkable service, earning numerous accolades, including 12-consecutive J.D. Power awards for highest customer satisfaction among traditional airlines from 2008 through 2019.
Tilden follows in the footsteps of esteemed leaders including Dan Ownby, Jim Turley, Randall Stephenson, Dr. Robert M. Gates, Wayne M. Perry, and Rex Tillerson. His experience and leadership will undoubtedly contribute to the continued success of Scouting.
About the Boy Scouts of America
The Boy Scouts of America provides the nation’s foremost youth program of character development and values-based leadership training, which helps young people be “Prepared. For Life.®” The Scouting organization is composed of more than 1 million youth members between the ages of 5 and 21 and approximately 460,000 volunteers in local councils throughout the United States and its territories. For more information on the Boy Scouts of America, please visit www.Scouting.org.