Roy L. Williams
Chieftain Eagle Who Encourages
Roy Williams serves as the Chief Executive Officer of the National Council, Boy Scouts of America, and has served in this role since June of 2000. He succeeded Chief Lone Soaring Eagle – Jere Ratcliffe, who had served as Chief Scout Executive for the previous nine years. Prior to being named Chief Scout Executive, he was the Regional Director of the Western Region, Boy Scouts of America.
Mr. Williams was a Scout in Dallas, TX. He is a veteran of the U. S. Air Force and a graduate of the University of Texas-Arlington. He began his Scouting career in the Longhorn Council, Fort Worth, TX in 1972. From there he moved to Abilene, TX, as a District Executive. In 1978 he move to Little Rock, AR, and served as Finance Director. He was named Scout Executive of the Jayhawk Area Council in Topeka, KS, in August of 1981. Following five successful years there, he was named Director of the Boy Scout Division and successfully completed those responsibilities (which included the rewriting of the Boy Scout Handbook). In May of 1990, he was selected as Scout Executive of the Narragansett Council in Providence, Rhode Island.
Chief Scout Executive Jere Ratcliffe, Chief Lone Soaring Eagle, in 1993, chose Roy Williams to be the Regional Director of the Western Region headquartered in Sunnyvale, CA. While Regional Director, Roy led the region through a move of regional headquarters to Tempe, AZ in 1995, many challenging issues related to leadership standards and funding, and led its strategic plan in 1998. This was followed by The Millennium Project he authored in 1999 which helped councils in the Western Region understand external forces, how the local council could position themselves to meet these new realities head on and deal with competitive forces as well as the shifting attitudes of youth, parents and volunteer leaders.
Mr. Williams is a recipient of the Vigil Honor of the Order of the Arrow and holds the Distinguished Service Award from that organization as well. He is the fourth Chief Scout Executive to serve as a Chieftain or be a Chief in the Tribe of Mic-O-Say.