Lester W. Young, Jr.
In March, 2008 Dr. Young was appointed by the New York State Legislature as Regent At Large, The University of the State of New York, re-elected to a five-year term effective April 1, 2010 and again to a five-year term effective April 1, 2015. Currently, he co-chairs the Regent’s P – 12 Education Committee, and chairs the Workgroup to Improve Outcomes for Boys and Young Men of Color and the Early Childhood Workgroup.
A lifelong 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 N.Y.C. 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 replicating the nationally recognized Algebra Project and Comer School Development Program.
Continuing his commitment to service, in July of 2014, Dr. Young was appointed to the New York State Juvenile Justice Advisory Group. 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.