Jim Morriss, who grew up in Texarkana, is the new board president for the Capitol Area Council, Boy Scouts of America.
Morriss assumes the role of top volunteer leader of one of the highest-ranking Scouting councils in the United States, the Capitol Area Council. It has more than 20,000 youth members and 7,000 adult volunteers across 15 counties n Central Texas.
He received his Eagle Scout Award in 1967 as a member of Troop 22 in Texarkana, Texas.
Morriss was awarded the Silver Beaver for his service to youth in the Capitol Area Council. He is a Vigil Honor Member of the Tonkawa Lodge of the Order of the Arrow, Scouting's camping honor society.
At the council level, Morriss served as a member of the executive board and the executive committee in various roles including vice president for Cub Scouting, Membership, Camping and Programs.
Outside of Scouting, Morriss is a partner with the law firm of Thompson & Knight LLP, where he heads the firm's government and regulatory practice group and Austin office. He focuses his practice on environmental permitting.
His father was a Scoutmaster in Texarkana, and his brother-in-law Ron Collins, president of JCM Industries Inc. of Nash, Texas, is a former president of the Caddo Area Council, which serves Scouts in and around Texarkana in Texas and Arkansas. He also serves as chairman of the board of JCM Industries, a family-owned business founded by his parents.
Jim and his wife, Cindy, have been married for 40 years. They have three children, Lauren, 34; Katherine, 28; and Matthew, 26, who is also an