Dr. Kristine M. Young Biography

About Dr. Young:

Now in her third year as president of SUNY Orange, Dr. Kristine Young can reflect upon a productive initial two years that have included her successful advocacy for enhanced student support, the initiation of an aggressive overhaul of the College’s lagging information technology infrastructure, the integration of a handful of significant SUNY initiatives, and the completion of several stellar program accreditation reviews.

Additionally, she has navigated the College through challenging budgetary constraints in the face of limited increases in support from New York State, collaborated with local leaders to position the College as a change agent within the community, and has challenged her administrative team to seek creative ways to stem current declines in student enrollment.

Since Young’s arrival, the College has accepted a $1.1 million TRIO Student Support Services (SSS) grant, awarded by the United States Department of Education, to help increase the persistence, retention, graduation and transfer rates of low-income first generation students and students with disabilities. Additionally, a State University of New York grant has allowed the College to develop an Educational Opportunity Program (EOP) that provides access, academic support and financial aid counseling to low-income and academically underprepared students.

Additional grant awards are helping the College increase peer-mentoring opportunities for students returning to the College after having been separated for academic reasons, and a new part-time veterans coordinator has expanded the College’s burgeoning array of services for veterans.

Locally, the College has partnered with agencies and businesses across Orange County to facilitate community growth, economic development, enhanced educational access and expanded experiential learning opportunities for students. The bulk of these initiatives are impacting the cities of Middletown, Newburgh and Port Jervis.

Young’s pledge to provide students with the necessary resources to succeed academically also includes an expansive upgrade to the IT system. SUNY Orange has transformed its IT infrastructure, including an overhaul of the College network to allow for more reliable connectivity, installation of a new firewall to increase data security, and expanded wireless access.

Young began her presidency at SUNY Orange on June 8, 2015, following a 17-year tenure at Parkland College in Champaign, Ill. She first arrived at Parkland as a chemistry instructor in 1998 and steadily rose through the faculty and administrative ranks.

As vice president for academic services 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.

Although Young spent nearly two decades at Parkland, 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.