Charles E. Young

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Charles E. Young
Charles Young c 2001.jpg
Charles E. Young, President of the
University of Florida, circa 2001.
Born (1931-12-30) December 30, 1931 (age 83)
Highland, California
Alma mater B.A., UC Riverside, 1955
M.A., UCLA, 1957
Ph.D., UCLA, 1960
Occupation University Professor
University Chancellor
Nonprofit Administrator
Employer U.S. Air Force
University of Florida
Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art
Spouse(s) Sue Young (deceased)
Judy Young

Charles E. Young (born December 30, 1931), nicknamed Chuck Young, is an American former university administrator and professor. Young is a native of California, and earned bachelor's, master's and doctorate degrees before becoming a professor. He is the chancellor emeritus of University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) and a professor at the UCLA School of Public Affairs, former chancellor of UCLA, former president of the University of Florida, and later the chief executive officer of the Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art.

Early life and education[edit]

Young was born in Highland, California in 1931. He served in the U.S. Air Force during the Korean War. After completing his military service, he earned a Bachelor of Arts degree, with honors, in political science from the University of California, Riverside in 1955. While he was at UCR, he was the campus's first student body president. He received his Master of Arts and doctor of philosophy degrees in political science from UCLA in 1957 and 1960, respectively.


University of California, Los Angeles[edit]

From 1968 to 1997, he served as chancellor of UCLA. It was under Young's leadership that the recently renamed UCLA School of Public Affairs was formed in 1994. During his term, UCLA went from a regional college with an operating budget of $170 million to a world-class institution with a budget of $2 billion.[1]

During his twenty-nine years as chancellor, Young made UCLA a partner with the greater Los Angeles metropolitan area, emphasizing and building upon the key position of the university in community development and service, and championing efforts to reform public education in Los Angeles. As a long-time member of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Presidents Commission, Young has also been a leader in reforming intercollegiate athletics, raising academic eligibility standards for student athletes and curbing recruitment abuse.[citation needed]

At his departure in 1997, Young was the longest-serving college leader in American higher education.[2] For his service, the Young Research Library at UCLA bears his name, as well as Charles E. Young Drive, an important circular road inside campus. He is also a former chairman of the Association of American Universities, and has served on several commissions including those of the International Association of Universities, American Council on Education, the National Association of State Universities and Land-Grant Colleges, the Business Higher Education Forum, and the Mansfield Center for Pacific Affairs. Young is a strong supporter and adviser to the arts, business, education, finance, technology and health care industries. He has been selected to a number of boards of directors for companies in the finance, technology, and healthcare industries. These boards include Intel Corp., Nicholas-Applegate Capital Management, the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences Foundation, and the Los Angeles World Affairs Council. He was also a member of the Los Angeles Olympic Organizing Committee for the 1984 Summer Olympics.[citation needed]

University of Florida[edit]

On November 1, 1999, Young became the tenth president of the University of Florida.[3]

Qatar Foundation[edit]

Young served as President of the Qatar Foundation from 2004-2006. Located in the State of Qatar, a small peninsula on the west coast of the Persian Gulf, the Qatar Foundation aims to develop and utilize human potential through a unique[citation needed] Education City, home to branch campuses of some of the world’s leading universities. As president of the foundation, Young also oversaw other centers run directly by it, including an academy for students ages 3 to 18, an economic development center and a stable for Arabian horses.[2]

Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art[edit]

On December 23, 2008, the board of trustees of the Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art announced that Young had been appointed chief executive officer of the museum.[4][5] In that capacity, Young oversaw the museum's business operations while a separate director was responsible for artistic decisions.[6] He presided over the museum's stabilization and recruitment of director, Jeffrey Deitch.[7]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ UCLA, Past Leaders, Charles E. Young, 1968–1997. Retrieved August 30, 2009.
  2. ^ a b Rebecca Trounson (April 24, 2004), Ex-UCLA Chancellor Takes on Another Post Los Angeles Times.
  3. ^ University of Florida, Past Presidents, Charles E. Young (1999–2003). Retrieved October 24, 2012.
  4. ^ Cynthia Lee, "Chancellor Emeritus Young named CEO of Museum of Contemporary Art," UCLA News Room (December 23, 2008). Retrieved July 28, 2009.
  5. ^ Diane Haithman (December 30, 2008), Seeing past the storm at MOCA Los Angeles Times.
  6. ^ Diane Haithman, "MOCA accepts Eli Broad's $30-million lifeline, appoints CEO," Culture Monster column, Los Angeles Times (December 22, 2008). Retrieved July 28, 2009.
  7. ^ Suzanne Muchnic (December 26, 2008), Pleasure, and pain, inside MOCA Los Angeles Times.


  • Pleasants, Julian M., Gator Tales: An Oral History of the University of Florida, University of Florida, Gainesvile, Florida (2006). ISBN 0-8130-3054-4.
  • Van Ness, Carl, & Kevin McCarthy, Honoring the Past, Shaping the Future: The University of Florida, 1853–2003, University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida (2003).

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