Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett has named Darren Young of Millerstown, Pa., as the student trustee for Clarion University Council of Trustees. Young succeeds Chris Myers, who graduated May 2012.
A 2010 graduate of Greenwood High School, Young is pursuing a double major in political science and economics. He serves as student advisor to the Interhall Council, which governs and develops goals that promote purposeful social and intellectual activities among the university’s residence halls, and formerly served as chairman of Clarion Student Association Board of Directors. He has also been involved with the university’s Emerging Leaders Program.
Corbett appointed Young Nov. 9, 2012, after reviewing all of the finalists for the position. Young joins 10 other governor-appointed trustees, whose duties include making recommendations, evaluating, reviewing, approving, and planning efforts for personnel, fiscal affairs, academic policy, strategic planning, student affairs and facilities management.
Young described the application process as “really long,” with “a lot of waiting.” After the initial interview with members of the council and a number of students, Young was scheduled for a conference call interview with Peter Garland, executive vice chancellor for Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education, and select personnel from the state office. Following another period of waiting, Young was invited to the governor’s office for a one-on-one interview with Corbett, who later signed Young’s appointment.
“I’m truly excited to have been appointed to this position,” Young said. “It is a wonderful honor, not only to be a member of the Council of Trustees, but also to be one of the leading voices of the student body.”
“I have had the great opportunity to serve in a number of positions throughout my years here at Clarion, and in every position I have been able to gain invaluable experience,” Young said. He cited his experience with the CSA Board of Directors as particularly important. “Being involved with the Board has given me great budget experience, which will be a big help when serving on the council.”
In his new capacity, Young hopes to expand the knowledge of Clarion students in terms of student government and representation. “I would like to inform students about who I am, what my responsibility is as the student trustee, and what the Council of Trustees does overall,” he said.
Young also noted that he plans to bring students’ voices to the council on a wide range of subjects. “(My position) allows for student input on matters that are affecting students every day, and I plan on conveying that message to the council on every issue,” he said.
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