The state Board of Regents on Monday elected Dr. Lester W. Young Jr. as the new Chancellor for the board, and he is the first African-American to serve in the position. Young, a Regent member since 2008, assumed his new role Tuesday, which presides over the Education Department among its responsibilities.
“Regent Young’s vast experience in education and unwavering commitment to improving the lives of disadvantaged students make him an exceptional choice to be Chancellor of the Board of Regents,” Vice Chancellor T. Andrew Brown said.
The New York State United Teachers union (NYSUT) congratulated Young, and looks forward to working with him “as he leads the board during the ongoing challenges our education system faces during this pandemic,” NYSUT President Andy Pallotta said. “In particular, we share his vision for fighting for educational equity and believe that we can play a critical role in the work the board will continue to do on this issue.”
Interim state Commissioner of Education Betty A. Rosa said Young “brings immense knowledge, wholehearted passion and unmatched expertise to his new role.”
NYSUT Executive Vice President Jolene T. DiBrango added “we believe Chancellor Young is the right choice to lead the board as educators continue to navigate the challenges our schools face related not only to the pandemic, but also to inequity in our public education system.”
Young said he looks forward to working with the Board, Rosa, the Education Department, all state educators and “in particular, all of our families as we work to build more equitable and empowering futures for all New York’s students.”