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West Tennessee Area Council Boy Scouts of America Welcomes Morio Snelling Sr. as New Executive Director

Morio Snelling

The West Tennessee Area Council Boy Scouts of America has appointed Morio Snelling Sr. as its new executive director. Snelling brings a wealth of experience and an established history in fulfilling the organization’s mission. Snelling’s first day will be Feb. 1. 

As he takes on the role of executive director, Snelling will focus on learning the community, staff development, and growing membership. He previously served as the director of field service for the Chickasaw Council Boy Scouts of America and chief operating officer for the council. 


Prior to his appointment as chief operating officer in March 2020, he served as the metro field director for the Chickasaw Council, where he provided leadership to a team of professional staff members and oversaw district operations. His experience and dedication have earned him numerous awards, including the prestigious Whitney M. Young Jr. Service Award, presented by the Quapaw Area Council Boy Scouts of America.


He holds a master’s degree in human resource development from Webster University and a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice from the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff. 

“With more than 25 years of experience in the field of nonprofit work, Snelling’s expertise and leadership will be invaluable to the West Tennessee Area Council,” Board President James E. Ross said. “We look forward to the impact his organization and leadership will make for Scouts and families in West Tennessee.” 


West Tennessee Council Leadership expressed excitement about Snelling taking on the executive director role. 


“I'm thrilled to have Morio and his family joining our team in this time of rebuilding. I am enthusiastically looking forward to working with him to replicate the kind of growth and success he has seen in his previous council,” said Kati Rohdy, board vice president of membership. 


Misty Croom, who serves as the central district executive, said Snelling’s Scouting background as a volunteer and professional paired with his positive energy will help the local organization grow. 


“After getting to know Morio during the interview process, I am very excited to have him as our new Scout Executive,” Council Commissioner Charles Byrd said. “His experience and vision will serve West Tennessee well in delivering the mission of Scouting to even more of our youth.” 


Snelling has been married to his wife, Maquitta, for more than 20 years, and they have six children.

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