Green Mountain Council selects Mark Saxon to lead Vermont Scouting programs

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Mon, 06/29/2020 - 9:54am -- Denise Sortor

The Green Mountain Council, Boy Scouts of America Executive Board is pleased to announce the selection of Mark Saxon as Scout Executive and CEO effective August 1.

“We are extremely pleased to welcome Mark to the Green Mountain Council. He brings energy, experience, and an established track record of success,” said Dan Richardson, the President of the Green Mountain Council.

Mark will succeed Ed McCollin, who is retiring in June following a 42-year career in Scouting – having led the Green Mountain Council since 2010. Mark’s selection follows a nation-wide search which began in March.

“My family and I appreciate the opportunity to serve and give leadership to the tremendous volunteers who make Scouting possible for so many Vermont families,” said Mark, who achieved the Eagle Scout rank while growing up in Rhode Island.

“Right now, a generation of young people is experiencing its 9/11 moment and looking for a way to respond and support communities working to rebuild from the effects of COVID-19. I believe Scouting’s programs are uniquely suited to help meet this moment and connect girls and boys with a powerful sense of purpose and agency.”

Mark began his Scouting career in 2008 as a District Executive at the Old North State Council in Greensboro, North Carolina. He moved on to become a District Director at the Cradle of Liberty Council in Philadelphia, where he has served as the Director of Development since 2015.

During his tenure as Director of Development, Mark oversaw many strategic initiatives that led to the council being recognized by the national organization as a leader in fundraising innovation. These initiatives include the expansion of the council’s Development Department to positively impact annual fundraising, major gift cultivation, special events, and donor stewardship efforts, and the implementation of customer relationship management software that transformed the council’s ability to cultivate donors and greatly improved fundraising administrative efficiencies.

Throughout his career, Mark has championed diversity at all levels and opportunities for young people living in under-resourced communities to benefit from joining Scouting programs. “I believe Scouting provides a much-needed space for families from all walks of life and backgrounds to come together around the timeless values we hope to instill in our kids,” Mark said.

“Social distancing has challenged our volunteers to pioneer innovative ways of continuing our work this spring. I am proud of their efforts and am looking forward to building relationships in the community that can help sustain our mission as we recover from the financial challenges brought on by the pandemic and our prudent but crushing decision to suspend our summer camp season."

While serving in Philadelphia, Mark also gave leadership to the council’s capital campaign and spearheaded the successful effort to secure a $2 million redevelopment grant from the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

Mark received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism and Mass Communication from the Walter Cronkite School at Arizona State University in Tempe, Arizona. He and his wife, Bethany, have 2 daughters, Riley and Abigail.

Green Mountain Council, Boy Scouts of America delivers programs that have been shown to promote pro-social values, leadership and resilience in youth. Headquartered in Waterbury, the Council serves all 14 counties in the state of Vermont. Annually, nearly 3,000 girls and boys participate in local Scouting programs that are made possible by more than 1,400 trained volunteers. For more information about the Green Mountain Council, please visit www.scoutingvermont.org.