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Cal Baptist president to receive Boy Scouts’ Distinguished Citizen Award

Ronald L. Ellis, president of California Baptist University, will receive the Distinguished Citizen Award from the Mount Rubidoux District of the Boy Scouts of America at the organization’s annual award banquet on Wednesday, March 20.
Ellis, an Eagle Scout, joins a list of honorees that includes elected officials, attorneys and civic leaders. The awards dinner will be at the university, 8432 Magnolia Ave., Riverside.
The Distinguished Citizen Award is an annual honor bestowed on peoples who have demonstrated a deep commitment and service to the community.
Since becoming the fifth president of the university in 1994, Ellis has guided Cal Baptist to growth including 10 colleges and professional schools that offer more than 150 undergraduate majors, minors and concentrations, according to a press release. Enrollment has grown from 808 in 1994 to more than 10,000 in 2018. The budget has grown from $11 million to $321 million.
A reception will be held 6 p.m. with dinner at 7. Sponsorship tickets for the dinner, ranging from $125  to $10,000, are available from Tracy Youden at 909-793-2463, ext. 123.
The dinner is also a fundraiser for the Mount Rubidoux District of the California Inland Empire Council-BSA. The district serves approximately 1,800 youths in Riverside, Jurupa Valley, Moreno Valley and Hemet. The district has more than 100 Cub Scout packs, Scouts BSA troops, Venture crews and Explorer posts.

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