Dr. Kristine M. Young- Biography

About Dr. Young:

Dr. Kristine Young began her presidency at SUNY Orange on June 8, 2015 following a 17-year tenure as the vice president for academic services at Parkland College in Champaign, Ill.

As chief academic officer at Parkland, a role she accepted on an interim basis in 2007 before being named to the post permanently in February 2008, Young provided leadership for 180 full-time faculty members, more than 400 part-time faculty, and 65 staff and administrators in academic services in support of more than 160 degree and certificate programs and several academic support units. Parkland serves approximately 8,500 credit students per semester.

Over her final eight years, Young led Parkland’s creation of two college-wide strategic plans, along with the development of multiple strategic plans for career and technical areas at the college. She served as chair of the college’s Diversifying Faculty Task Force; co-created the Parkland Pathway to Illinois, a multi-faceted dual admissions and dual enrollment program with the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign; and established the Developmental Education Council, an advisory group that supports and coordinates the implementation of innovative academic and student support improvements throughout the developmental education program.

Her work at Parkland also included contributing deeply to the development of a comprehensive First Year Experience program for new students, as well as leading the reorganization of the College’s academic services and the creation of an Early College and Career Academy that established dual credit career-technical education programming with local high schools.

Although Young spent 17 years at Parkland College, she is no stranger to the northeast, having been born in nearby Scranton, Pa., and raised in Moscow, Pa. She earned her bachelor’s degree in chemistry from Muhlenberg College in Allentown, Pa., in 1996 and her master’s degree in chemistry from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1998. Through the Community College Executive Leadership Program, Young completed her doctorate in education from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign in 2007.

Young began her tenure at Parkland in 1998 as a full-time chemistry instructor. She steadily progressed through the faculty ranks and accepted her first formal leadership role in 2001 when she was elected assistant to the department chair in the Natural Sciences Department while continuing to teach. In 2004, she was elected as chair of the Natural Sciences Department. Three years later, in 2007, Young was named interim vice president for Academic Services.

She is a past president of the Illinois Community College Chief Academic Officers Organization and served as the Vice President of the Board of the National Council of Instructional Administrators, an American Association of Community Colleges affiliate council. She served on the AACC Commission for Workforce and Economic Development and was active at the state level in Illinois, especially on issues of articulation, workforce, career and technical education, and higher education policy.