Tim Johnson to chair Scouting board

Dr. Tim Johnson said his involvement in Boy Scouting as a youth, prepared him to take on leadership roles as an adult, most recently as the chairman of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of Michigan Medical School. Johnson will now use those leadership skills in his new role as President of the Southern Shores Field Service, Boy Scouts of America. He was elected during an annual meeting on February 5 of the Southern Shores board of directors.

Melissa Stricherz, Scout Executive for Southern Shores, said she is grateful to have an individual with Johnson’s tremendous level of dedication and passion for Scouting leading her team.

Johnson noted, “I have been involved with young adult and youth leadership for over a decade, and I have recently reconnected with Scouts because of what I thought have been very important policy changes on social justice issues. In addition, I like the new Family Scouting program that will welcome girls. As Council Board president I am interested in championing leadership training especially using a STEM focus, furthering diversity and inclusion in the Council with a focus on urban and immigrant/refugee populations and , of course, fund raising.”

As a youth, Johnson moved around a lot because of his father’s career in the military. He earned his Eagle Scout rank in 1963 while living in Virginia and moved with his family shortly after that to Stockholm, Sweden, where he helped to establish a Boy Scout troop at the U.S. Embassy. In 2016, Johnson received the Distinguished Service Award from the Rotary Club of Ann Arbor.