The Sam Houston Area Council is excited to announce the selection of Marvin D. Smith as our new Scout Executive/CEO. Marvin was selected after an extensive, nationwide search, completed by a Selection Committee of Sam Houston Area Council Board Members. Marvin will replace Tom Varnell who will be retiring on March 31st after a 36-year career with the Boy Scouts of America.
Marvin is a warm, committed Scouter with a proven track record of success, who will be an excellent leader for the council as we navigate our many challenges in 2021. Marvin currently serves as area director for the Central Region, where he supports eight council Scout executives across Illinois and Wisconsin.
Pictured L to R: Daniel G. Bellow, Executive Vice Chair; Lionel R. Jellins, Vice Chair - ScoutReach & Diversity; Marvin D. Smith; Clay C. Williams, Chair of the Board; Deborah A. Rollinson, Council Commissioner; Ron Timmons, Area Director
Marvin began his Scouting career as a district executive in Denver in 1998. He moved to Memphis to serve as field director in 2003, and later moved to Cleveland, OH, where he served as director of field services and chief operating officer from 2008 to 2014. Marvin was promoted to Scout executive and CEO of the Tukabatchee Area Council in Montgomery, AL in 2014, and through the next four years, Marvin increased camping revenues, raised capital funds to renovate assets, and launched new fundraising events.
In 2018, Marvin was promoted to his present position of area director of Area 7. In his current capacity, he has supported the delivery of Scouting’s mission to more than 80,000 youth members through councils with a combined budget of over $30 million. Like the Sam Houston Area Council, these councils span a wide range of demographics and highly diverse communities. Marvin’s role as area director lent him a unique vantage point to witness different council initiatives and practices to address membership and fundraising challenges. His experience will benefit our own council for years to come.
Marvin holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Southern University in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Marvin and his wife, Danielle, have three children- their adult son, Kendrick; Javari, a college student; and Zoie, a high school student.