News Release
March 05, 2002


CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Recognizing his contributions to the community, Duke Energy Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer Richard Priory has been honored with the Distinguished Scouting Citizen Award presented by the Mecklenburg County Council of the Boy Scouts of America.

Priory was honored Monday night at ceremonies held at the Charlotte Convention Center. Speakers at the function included North Carolina Governor Mike Easley and General Electric Chairman Jeffrey Immelt.


“Throughout his business career, Rick Priory has demonstrated leadership skills that have brought honor to him, his community and to Duke Energy,” said Leroy Mayne, Mecklenburg council executive for the Boy Scouts. “He reinforces the traits that we in Scouting strive to teach our young people everyday.”


For more than 10 years, the Distinguished Scouting Citizen Award has honored individuals who have demonstrated outstanding leadership qualities and have made significant contributions to the Charlotte community. Past recipients of the award include Carolina Panthers’ owner Jerry Richardson and former Charlotte Mayor Richard Vinroot.


“As a former Scout myself, I’m honored to be recognized by the Boy Scouts and also to be included in the stellar list of past recipients of this award,” said Priory.


The Boy Scouts of America, incorporated on Feb. 8, 1910, and chartered by Congress in 1916, is designed to provide an educational program for boys and young adults to build character, to train in the responsibilities of participating citizenship and to develop personal fitness. The Mecklenburg County Council was chartered locally in 1915.


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