Lester Young Jr.
Lester Young Jr. was appointed by the New York State Legislature as Regent At Large for The University of the State of New York in 2008 and was re-elected to a five-year term, effective April 1, 2010. He co-chairs the Regent’s P–12 Education Committee, chairs the Early Childhood Workgroup and co-chaired the Higher Education Committee. A career educator and public servant, Young has served as a teacher, guidance counselor, supervisor of special education, elementary school principal, Associate Commissioner with the New York State Education Department and Superintendent of Community School District 13 in Brooklyn, New York. He also led the first N.Y.C. Office of Youth Development and School Community Services. During his 10-year tenure as Superintendent of Community School District 13, he was responsible for establishing some of the more successful middle and high schools in New York City that serve Black and Latino students.
Young is Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Adelaide L. Sanford Institute. He also serves on the Advisory Board of the Eagle Academy Foundation and the New York Advisory Council for Children. He is a life member of the National Alliance of Black School Educators and Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity. Young is profiled in Men of Courage II, which documents the lives and achievements of 27 African-American men, and is a contributing writer to Child by Child: The Comer Process for Change in Education. He earned his doctorate in urban education and leadership at Fordham University and his bachelor’s degree at New York Institute of Technology.