In high school John Gottschalk received an “A+” on an English paper with a note from his teacher: “You can do better.” Confused by the message, John asked his father for advice. He responded, “Son, she wants everything you’ve got. If there is an opportunity or a responsibility to do well, give it everything you’ve got.”
Since then, John’s commitment to making a difference with everything he’s got has been evident in his professional career as a 4th-generation newspaper publisher and owner along with his visionary community leadership, quiet philanthropy, and outdoor advocacy. His extensive servant leadership with Scouting, includes a term as the 2008-2010 BSA National President, where he led the BSA National Executive Board to commit to the historic establishment of the world-class Summit Bechtel Reserve.
Professionally, John is the retired president, chairman, publisher, and CEO of Omaha World-Herald Company, Inc.