James Turley

James S. Turley

New York City, New York

Committed Volunteer, Gifted Leader, Good Scout


Jim Turley understands that the Scouting program can flourish only when built on a solid financial and organizational foundation. And so he has devoted more than two decades working behind the scenes to strengthen both local councils and the National Council. His work is informed by his occupation—he is chairman and CEO of Ernst & Young—and inspired by his heritage—both his father and grandfather were active in the Greater St. Louis Area Council and received the Silver Beaver Award.

At the local level, Mr. Turley served on the executive board of the Viking Council from 1994 to 1998, and he continues to actively promote his company’s support of Scouting in New York City. For his service, the Greater New York Councils honored him with the Good Scout Award in 1999.

At the national level, Mr. Turley has served on the Audit, Budget, Properties, Boy Scout, National Finance Support, and Chief Scout Executive Selection committees. A member of the National Executive Board since 2002, he chairs the Human Resources Group Committee. Mr. Turley has just been installed as the BSA’s international commissioner.

As chairman and CEO of Ernst & Young, Mr. Turley has focused on the values of quality, integrity, and professionalism—values he brings to his service for Scouting.

Among his many other civic affiliations, Mr. Turley serves on the boards of Catalyst and the National Corporate Theatre Fund. He is a member of the Business Roundtable and Transatlantic Business Dialogue.

Mr. Turley holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in accounting from Rice University, where he currently serves on the board of trustees.

Mr. Turley and his wife, Lynne, have one son.