Alumnus of the Year Award Presented
Dr. David Briscoe (left) receives his award at the National Annual Meeting.
Dr. David Briscoe Jr., of Little Rock, Arkansas, received the third annual Alumnus of the Year Award during the BSA’s National Annual Meeting at the end of May. The award recognizes Briscoe’s nearly half-century of service to Scouting and his community.
“Dave is an individual of extreme commitment to the Boy Scouts of America, high personal standards, and broad diversity of engagement that has resulted in praise by his professional peers, in Scouting, and by his community,” said Bill Steele, the BSA’s director of Alumni Relations.
In an interview, Briscoe credited his father with teaching him to serve others. David Briscoe Sr. was a North Carolina farmer (and Scout leader) who regularly grew more crops than his family could use, explaining that others in the community might need the extra food. “We kids had to work that extra half-acre of garden!” Briscoe said with a laugh.
Briscoe has been going above and beyond the call of duty ever since. A member of the National Executive Board, he serves on the National Eagle Scout Association Committee, the International Committee, the Supply Committee, the Membership Impact Committee, the Program Impact Committee, the All Markets Strategy Committee, and the Philmont Training Center Conferences Committee. He chairs the Learning for Life National Executive Board, serves on the Southern Region Advisory Board, and is vice president for administration in the Quapaw Area Council. He is a Distinguished Eagle Scout, a Vigil Honor member of the Order of the Arrow, and a recipient of the Silver Buffalo Award.
When he’s not serving in Scouting, Briscoe teaches sociology at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. A full professor, he has completed post-doctoral training at Princeton Theological Seminary, Harvard Divinity School, and Harvard’s John F. Kennedy School of Government. Yet he invites his students to call him by his first name and counts Introduction to Sociology among his favorite courses. It’s no surprise the university named him a Distinguished Teaching Fellow.
The National Alumnus of the Year Award has five criteria: Each honoree must be an adult alumnus who meets the BSA’s current membership standards, must exemplify the Scout Oath and Scout Law, must significantly contribute through community service, must have achieved distinction in his or her career or avocation, and must have contributed significantly to the advancement of Scouting through alumni activities.