Director General Airey Retires; Mooseheart Executive Director Scott Hart Named To Replace Him






Scott Hart

Scott Hart
Director General


MOOSE INTERNATIONAL, December 21, 2012 - The Supreme Council of Moose International today announced the retirement of William B. Airey as Director General and CEO, and the appointment of Scott D. Hart, Executive Director of Mooseheart Child City and School, as the next leader of our 1.2 million member organization. Mr. Hart assumes his new duties immediately, while Mr. Airey, 71, will stay on with the Moose as a consultant through January 31, 2013 to help in the transition.

Mr. Hart, 43,  started his career as an in-home caregiver on the Mooseheart campus in 1991, following his graduation from Illinois State University. During the next 12 years, he accepted roles with increasing responsibility before assuming his current position as Executive Director in charge of all functions for the community and school for children in need in March, 2003. His tenure at Mooseheart as Executive Director includes the establishment of national standards for residential childcare facilities; the expansion of benefits for children on campus through both local and national programs; and oversight of the current $10 million school renovation project scheduled to be completed in 2014.

Mr. Hart joined the Moose fraternity in September 1994 as a member of Batavia, IL Lodge 682. He also joined Mooseheart, IL Lodge 2655 as a Charter Member in December 2006 and served as Charter Governor from 2006-08. Mr. Hart has also been a member of Mecca Moose Legion 9 since 1999.


In accepting his new position, Mr. Hart said, "I know firsthand the outstanding dedication and care that is provided by the men and women of the Moose around the world, especially in regards to children and seniors in need. This is an exciting opportunity to work cooperatively with our Board and introduce new ideas that will carry the fraternity forward, build our membership, and allow us to help even more individuals and communities."

Mr. Hart assumes overall responsibility for Moose International's five organizational units: the Loyal Order of Moose; the Women of the Moose; Mooseheart Child City and School; Moosehaven Retirement Community; and Moose Charities, the organization's fundraising arm. Gary Urwiler, Superintendent of Education for Mooseheart Schools, becomes Interim Executive Director of Mooseheart.

Mr. Airey joined the Moose International professional staff as Assistant Director of Membership in 1983 and was promoted to various positions within the Moose before achieving his current position of Director General and CEO. He will retire as the ninth Director General, having started his term in 2006 following the resignation of Donald Ross. Mr. Airey steps aside after leading the organization to a positive membership gain in 2011-2012 and the launch of a new public awareness program titled "Heard of Moose?"



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