We are very pleased and proud to announce that our Scout Executive Selection Committee has selected Russell Etzenhouser to lead the Orange County Council as Scout Executive, succeeding Jeff Herrmann who is retiring at the end of the year. Russell will begin on December 1st, 2019, which will allow for a smooth transition prior to Jeff’s retirement.
Russell has been the Scout Executive for the Greater Niagara Frontier Council in Buffalo, New York, since 2012, where he led the Council back to profitability after years of losses, with an outstanding program and successes in membership growth and fundraising – resulting in the Council’s achievement of silver and gold JTE status. Prior to Buffalo, Russell was Director of Field Services and Director of Support Services in the Circle Ten Council in Dallas, one of the largest Councils in the BSA.
Russell’s name may be familiar to you. Prior to Dallas, he was in Orange County where he served as Director of Camping Services, Senior District Executive and other Council roles from 1996 to 2004. Several members of our Selection Committee were familiar with Russell from his days in our Council. Russell’s familiarity with our Council will allow him to “hit the ground running” as our new Scout Executive. Russell’s legacy of leadership and success, along with an unwavering commitment to serving the Scouting family within our community, will help lead our Council to new heights!
Please join us in welcoming Russell, his wife Beth, and his 13 and 14-year old sons to our Council!
Yours in Scouting,
Orange County Council, Boy Scouts of America