Rowland was presented the award by Drummond’s widow, Abbie, and son, Patrick, during Thursday’s annual 2014 Fundraising Luncheon for the Mountain District of the Boy Scouts of America. The district covers Walker, Winston, Marion, Fayette and Lamar counties.
The award, which is named after the late Drummond Co. executive E. A. “Larry” Drummond, is designed to honor an individual who has provided years of unselfish giving to the Boy Scouts and by a life lived according to the 12 points of Scout law.
Rowland has been a friend to Scouting for many years, said presenter Jimmy Lee, a longtime friend to Larry Drummond. “He has served over 60 years as a Boy Scout and as an adult Scout leader. Both of Rowland’s sons are Eagle Scouts, were staff members at Camp Horne and attained membership in the Order of the Arrow, a national honor society of the Boy Scouts of America.
Rowland has served as chairman of the Mountain District and president of the Black Warrior Council.
Rowland, who spent 32 years as president of Walker College, is a veteran of World War II, serving from 1942-1946. He also served 35 years on active duty or in the reserves. He retired in 2006 as a colonel and was bestowed the honor of Legion of Merit.
Grady Hendrix was the first recipient of the prestigious award.