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IRVING, Texas -- Exxon Mobil CEO Rex Tillerson took on a new leadership role as the president of the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) when he officially stepped into the role during the BSA National Annual Meeting in Dallas, held May 26-28, the Dallas Business Journal reported.
Tillerson, a former Eagle Scout, is the 33rd president of the 100-year-old institution, and will head the National Executive Board in his post, according to the report. Tillerson said one of his goals is to generate excitement about the institution's 100th anniversary this year.
"The investment with the greatest return is the one we make in our country's youth. Scouting provides opportunities for young people to experience and understand the world around them -- not only making them better citizens, but more successful contributors to the workforce," Tillerson said. "I can speak to the power of those lessons -- I am a product of the Scouting program. I apply the values and principles I learned as a Scout on a daily basis."
Tillerson, who is already a member of the BSA National Executive Board, recently received the Silver Buffalo Award, the highest commendation the Irving-based BSA bestows on individuals for their commitment to youth, the report stated.
In other ExxonMobil news, the company's Community Summer Jobs Program kicked off its 39th year yesterday across 12 U.S. states. The program helps 270 nonprofits across America employ college students for eight weeks each summer, and offers students a paid internship introducing them to a variety of community service organizations, as well as gives them hands-on experience related to their field of study, the company stated.
"The Community Summer Jobs Program gives us a unique opportunity to support nonprofits while offering valuable experience to talented college students," Robert Lanyon, corporate citizenship and community investments manager for ExxonMobil, said in a statement. "This program benefits not only the participating students and nonprofits, but also makes a difference in the lives of our neighbors who are served by these agencies. We are proud to continue our partnerships with communities across the country and look forward to seeing the positive impact our interns make this year."
In 2010, ExxonMobil will contribute more than $950,000 to fund 320 positions in Alabama, Alaska, California, Colorado, Kansas, Louisiana, Montana, Oklahoma, Texas, Virginia and Wyoming. The program was also extended to New Jersey this summer for the first time, ExxonMobil stated.
Since the program was founded in 1971, ExxonMobil has provided $16.3 million to fund nearly 4,400 internships.
Nonprofit organizations selected for the 2010 program are involved in health, social services, education, arts and emergency assistance.
In addition to the internships, students also participate in professional development activities and group service projects in their respective cities, the company stated.
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