Thomas Dugger is Union’s First Executive in Residence

Thomas Dugger, an accomplished nonprofit leader, has joined Union as its first Executive in Residence.

Tom DuggerThe former Scout Executive/Chief Executive Officer of the Dan Beard Council, Boy Scouts of America brings more than 30 years of leadership experience to the new position with the goal to foster Union’s growth, development, and financial sustainability through strategic planning and networking.

“Tom’s knowledge of institutional advancement and networking are invaluable tools that will advance Union’s story in corporate and foundation relationship building,” said President Karen Schuster Webb.

He will work in the Office of the President, and will be working with the new Office of Development, Government Relations, and Grants Research.

Dugger looks forward to the challenge and growth opportunity to serve Union Institute & University.

“I am excited about my role as Executive in Residence at UI&U. For the last 30 years, my work has been focused on institutional advancement. I hope to bring that experience to Union. Union’s mission to engage, enlighten and empower adults to pursue lifelong learning, service, and a commitment to social responsibility is very important today.”

He has been a member of the Boy Scouts for 54 years, 43 years in the professional service of the Scout movement. He was successful in raising the profile and been part of teams that raised millions of dollars for that organization.

From 1990-1992, Dugger was a loaned executive from the Boy Scouts of America to the World Scout Bureau in Geneva, Switzerland. On this assignment he served as executive assistant to the director general of the World Scout Foundation. In that position, he worked closely with his Majesty King Karl XVI Gustav of Sweden, the patron and honorary president of the World Scout Foundation. This work took him to countries all over the world and brought him into working relationships with national Scout associations across the globe. As a result of this experience, he was awarded the Baden-Powell World Fellowship and earned a special commendation from the World Scout Movement. In the Boy Scouts of America, he has served as Scout executive/chief executive officer for councils in Albany, Georgia; Raleigh, North Carolina; and Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.

Dugger is an Eagle Scout and has two Eagle Scout sons. He and his wife, enjoy the cultural arts and outdoor activities.


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