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Lester W. Young, Jr. | Members at Large
At Large

55 Hanson Place Suite 400
Brooklyn N.Y. 11217 | Phone (718) 722-2796
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Lester W. Young, Jr. received an Ed.D. from Fordham University, specializating in urban education and leadership. Dr. Young, a career educator, has extensive experience as a teacher, guidance counselor, supervisor of special education, elementary school principal and Associate Commissioner with the New York State Education Department. Dr. Young served as Community Superintendent of District 13, Brooklyn, N.Y. for 10 years and later led the first New York City Office of Youth Development & School-Community Services. Currently, Dr. Young is a Visiting Professor at Long Island University, Graduate School of Education.

A recognized educational leader and innovator, he has been responsible for establishing some of the more successful high schools and middle schools in New York City and replicating the nationally recognized Algebra Project and Comer School Development Program.

Continuing his commitment to service, in March of 2008 Dr. Young was appointed by the New York State Legislature as Regent At Large, The University of the State of New York and re-elected to a 5 year term effective April 1, 2010.  He also serves on the Boards of the Bedford Stuyvesant Restoration Corporation, Billie Holiday Theater, Brooklyn Community Foundation, Adelaide L. Sanford Institute, the advisory boards for Eagle Academy High School and New York Office of the Children’s Defense Fund. During his career, Dr. Young has been recognized by many local, national education, and civic education organizations for his professional contributions. Dr. Young is profiled in Men of Courage II, documenting the lives and achievements of 27 African American Men. He is also a contributing writer to Child by Child: The Comer Process for Change in Education, 1999.

Dr. Young is married to Dr. Renee Young and they are the proud parents of one son, Lester III, a financial analyst for a New York City firm.


Last Updated: March 18, 2010