Gary Butler began his position as Deputy Chief Scout Executive and Chief Operating Officer, Boy Scouts of America, January 1, 2014. Prior to assuming his current role, he had served as Assistant Chief Scout Executive for Council Operations since September of 2009.
As Deputy Chief Scout Executive and Chief Operating officer, Gary provides leadership and direction to all aspects of operations of the National Council, subject to the authority and direction of the Chief Scout Executive and the National Executive Board.
Gary grew up in Rhode Island, earning his Eagle Scout Award, and the Vigil Honor, and served on Scout camp staff for nine years including as camp director. He also served as Order of the Arrow lodge chief for two terms. He has volunteered as a Cubmaster, Scoutmaster, and Venturing Committee chair and is a Wood Badge four-beader. He is also a recipient of the Distinguished Eagle Scout Award.
A graduate of Providence College, he began his professional Scouting career in 1980 as a district executive with the Suffolk County Council, Long Island, New York. He subsequently served as a senior district executive and finance director with the Theodore Roosevelt Council, also in Long Island. In 1989, he joined the staff of the Passaic Valley Council in New Jersey as a field director.
In 1992, Gary began serving as a Scout Executive in three councils, starting with the Rip Van Winkle Council, Kingston, New York, followed by the Penn’s Woods Council, Johnstown, Pennsylvania in 1997, and the Greater Niagara Frontier Council in Buffalo, New York, in 2001.
In 2005, he joined the National Council staff as the director of the Finance Support Division. In 2008, he was promoted to the position of group director, Council Solutions.
An avid sailor, Gary is married with three children and two grandchildren.