Lester W. Young, Jr.
Lester W. Young, Jr. is serving his third term as Regent At Large, The University of the State of New York. Currently he co-chairs the P-12 Education Committee and chairs the Regents Workgroup to Improve Outcomes for Boys and Young Men of Color, and, the Early Childhood Workgroup. Continuing his commitment to service, in 2014, Dr. Young was appointed to the New York State Juvenile Justice Advisory Group.
A career educator, Dr. Young has served as a teacher, guidance counselor, supervisor of special education, principal, Associate Commissioner with the New York State Education Department, and Superintendent of Community School District 13. He also led the first NYC Office of Youth Development and School Community Services. A recognized educational leader and innovator, he was responsible for establishing some of the more successful high schools and middle schools in New York City and reproducing the nationally recognized Algebra Project and Comer School Development Program.
Dr. Young is a founding member and current Chair of the Adelaide L. Sanford Institute, and co-chairs the Community Advisory Council for Boys and Girls High School. He is a Life Member of the National Alliance of Black School Educators and Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity. He has also served on the advisory boards for Eagle Academy High School and the New York Office of the Children’s Defense Fund, the Brooklyn Children’s Museum and the Bedford Stuyvesant Restoration Corporation. Dr. Young volunteers as a mentor to principals and aspiring leaders throughout New York City. He has been recognized by many local, national education, and civic education organizations for his professional contributions.