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July 01, 2018 : Dr. Paul Young Retires from Ohio University Lancaster


youngAfter more than 35 years serving as an adjunct professor of music at Ohio University Lancaster, Paul Young is retiring.


While serving as the Director of Bands at Fairfield Union High School in 1982, Young was tapped by administrators from the School of Music in Athens to teach MUS 160 and 161 at Ohio University Lancaster, classes which at that time were required of all elementary education majors for certification. He taught those classes for decades, and later worked with many of his students who had become teachers in Lancaster City Schools, where he served as a principal (Sanderson, Medill, and West) for nearly 20 years. While working as a principal, Young was elected by his state and national peers to several leadership roles, most notably as President of the Ohio Association of Elementary School Administrators (OAESA, 1997-98) and President of the National Association of Elementary School Principals (NAESP, 2002-03).


Young’s first official retirement was from the principalship in December 2004 upon completion of 35 years of service in public schools. He immediately began work as the Executive Director of the West After School Center (now the Afterschool Programs of Lancaster), and that work led to his selection as President and CEO of the Washington DC-based National AfterSchool Association in 2010. He retired from association work in April 2012.


At about the same time, Ohio University transitioned from a quarter to semester schedule. He began teaching additional classes, especially the History of Rock Music, which became a class favorite of many students. Along the way, several students, especially 2018 graduate Tim D. Smith, persuaded Young to form the STRUM Club, a group for guitar players of varying levels of experience.


Upon the sudden death of Dr. Jane Johnsen in 2013, Young assumed additional teachigng responsibilities associated with the Introduction to Teaching (EDTE 1500) classes. He did the same this past spring semester upon the sudden death of a music colleague, Thomas Ryan-Hirst. He also taught graduate classes for aspiring school administrators at Ohio University Pickerington Center in 2009-2010.


Along with colleagues Terri Green, Debra Dunning, and Danielle Bruning, Young played a lead role in the development of Ohio University Lancaster’s “So You Think You Can Teach” Lunch and Learn seminar series for education majors. That initiative was recognized with a leadership award by OHIO President Roderick McDavis in April 2015 at the Spring Gala in Athens. Young also collaborated with Green and Dunning to write Grit to Teach and the Mindset to Stay: Do You Have What It Takes, published by Sentia Publishing in 2016.


When asked what he’ll miss most about Ohio University, Young said, “I miss the daily interaction and contact wth students. Professors want to see their students succeed in the classroom and get good jobs. Although I won’t have that daily access, I won’t abandon those I’ve taught that might need my help. They’ll know how to get in touch with me.”


A graduate of the Ohio University's School of Music, Dr. Young earned Bachelor & Masters degrees in 1972 and 1973. He earned a Ph.D. in Educational Administration in 1992. He was recognized by the OHIO faculty and the School of Music Society of Alumni & Friends with the Service Award in 2007 and the Achievement Award in 2011.


Young is native of Bremen and a graduate of Fairfield Union High School, Class of ’68, where he was the class president. He and many of his classmates anticipate gathering this summer in late July for their 50th class reunion. Many of his classmates share long, distinguished careers as educators.


When asked about what he plans to do, Young replied, “I plan to write several more books, consult, present at professional conferences, compose and arrange music, and perhaps consider teaching some classes on-line.” Young has authored eight books for principals, music teachers, and after-school professionals, several music publications, and numerous professional articles.


Dr. Young also looks forward to spending increased time with his wife, Gertrude, also a retired Lancaster City Schools music teacher. They live in Lancaster. They enjoy frequent visits with their daughters and sons-in-law, and four grandchildren, ages 4, 3, 2, and 1, who live in Chicago and Milwaukee.