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Two Montana Scouters Elected To National Executive Board

Congratulations Lyle Knight & Larry Simkins

The Boy Scouts of America, Montana Council, is proud to announce the election of two Montana Council Scouters to the National Executive Board, marking a significant milestone in the BSA’s reorganization and creation of a path to bring its programs to more of America’s youth.


Lyle Knight
Board Member Since: 2000
Current Scouting Role: Finance Committee

Lyle Knight is a Silver Beaver, Silver Antelope, and Silver Buffalo honoree. He is the retired CEO of First Interstate Bank System (FIBK). Knight has served as Vice President of the Federal Advisory Council during the Chairman Bernanke years. Knight has also been a member of five corporate boards of directors. Knight has just stepped down as Chairman of the board of trustees of Rocky Mountain College. He has served on numerous community boards and he received the Citizen of the Year honor in Mesa, Arizona. He has also received the Heart of the Community Award from the American Heart Association. He is a graduate of the University of Utah, Pacific Coast Banking School and he holds an Honorary Doctorate Degree from Rocky Mountain College. He is a Vietnam veteran and was awarded the Bronze Star for his service.

Larry Simkins
Current Scouting Role: Trustee, Montana Council

Larry Simkins is a Distinguished Eagle Scout. He led the Washington Companies as CEO for over two decades retiring in 2022. The Washington Companies are an international group of privately-owned companies transacting in rail and marine transportation, mining, ship building, construction, and aviation products. He serves as a trustee at Gonzaga University and is a former director of the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis.

The Annual Election of the National Executive Board of the National Council of the BSA was held October 13, 2023. The slate of 47 members includes the reelection of 36 members and the election of 11 new members, eight of whom were recommended by BSA local councils.


Congratulations to Mr. Simkins and Mr. Knight.

Click here for here for a complete listing of newly elected National Executive Board members and to view the Governance and Nominating Committee report which includes detailed information on the recent governance changes.

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