Alex Constantine - June 6, 2008
Boy Scouts of America Names New President
John Gottschalk to help lead organization into the next 100 years
SAN DIEGO, May 23 /PRNewswire/ -- The Boy Scouts of America has selected John Gottschalk, chairman of the Omaha World-Herald Company, as president at the organization's National Annual Meeting in San Diego on May 23.
During his two-year term as the BSA's top volunteer, Gottschalk will direct the National Executive Board, which guides the national youth-service organization. One of his top priorities will be to assist Chief Scout Executive Bob Mazzuca in moving the organization toward the BSA's 100th Anniversary Celebration in 2010.
In addition to his role as president of the BSA, Gottschalk serves as chairman of the Omaha World-Herald Company, a media conglomerate of daily and weekly newspapers, magazines, and electronic publications. He has served on the board of directors since 1980 and joined the company full-time in 1989. ...
Gottschalk follows in the footsteps of past presidents such as Ed Whitacre, former chairman and CEO of AT&T; Milton Ward, CEO of Ward Resources Inc.; Roy S. Roberts, Managing Director, Reliant Equity Investors; John Cushman, chairman of Cushman & Wakefield Inc.; and outgoing president William F. "Rick" Cronk, former president of Dreyer's Grand Ice Cream.
Gottschalk is a director of Cabela's, Inc.; Election Systems & Software, Inc.; and McCarthy Group, Inc. His community involvement extends to the boards of directors of Creighton University, the Henry Doorly Zoo, the Omaha Symphony, and the Joslyn Art Museum. Currently, Gottschalk serves as chairman of the USO World Board of Governors and the Omaha Performing Arts Society.