[Jacksonville, Florida. 24 February 2007] At the Annual Meeting of the UNITED STATES POWER SQUADRONS, here, C/C Ernest G. Marshburn, SN, of Greenville, North Carolina, was presented with the Distinguished Eagle Scout Award.
Distinguished Eagle Scout Ernest Marshburn was recognized for his achievements as a university administrator, and for his distinguished service to his community and nation as Director, Strategic Initiatives, Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research and Graduate Studies, East Carolina University, Greenville, North Carolina. In addition, he has distinguished himself by his assent over many years to his current position as head of the UNITED STATES POWER SQUADRONS, a private non-profit organization of over 50,000 members, dedicated since 1914 to boating safety education. Mr. Marshburn has also been involved with Children Miracle Network Telethon, Literacy Volunteers, United Way, and East Carolina University Pirate Club. He is also a member of the National Venturing Committee, BOY SCOUTS OF AMERICA.
The award is granted by the Board of Regents of the National Eagle Scout Association, BOY SCOUTS OF AMERICA. An Eagle Scout may only be nominated for the award a minimum of twenty-five years after achieving the rank of Eagle.
First created in 1969, the Distinguished Eagle Scout Award has been presented to fewer than 1,600 of over 1.8 million Eagle Scouts (since 1912) in the United States of America. Distinguished Eagle Scouts include Astronaut Neil Armstrong, Astronaut Richard O. Covey, 38th President of the United States Gerald R. Ford, Aviator/Adventurer Steve Fossett, Secretary of Defense Robert Gates, Astronaut James Lovell, Mr. J.W. "Bill" Marriott, Jr., former Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld, Academy Award-winning Director Steven Spielberg, founder of Wal-Mart, Sam Walton, former Secretary Togo D. West, Jr., and 19th Chief of Naval Operations, ADM Elmo R. Zumwalt, Jr., USN (ret.).
Mr. Marshburn was nominated for the honor and rank of Distinguished Eagle Scout by the Scout Executive, Mr. Michael Johnson, and the President, Dr. Reid Parrott, of East Carolina Council, BOY SCOUTS OF AMERICA, Kinston, North Carolina, acting on behalf of the executive board of the BOY SCOUTS OF AMERICA.