Charles E. Young
American university professor, university chancellor, university president, political scientist
Charles E. Young
Charles E. "Chuck" Young is a former American university administrator and professor. Young is a native of California, and earned bachelor's, master's and doctorate degrees before becoming a professor.
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Carter G. Woodson's Legacy Inspires Us To Greater Achievements
Huffington Post - 15 days
“Those who have no record of what their forebears have accomplished lose the inspiration which comes from the teaching of biography and history.” - Carter G. Woodson In February 1926, Carter G. Woodson sent out a press release announcing Negro History Week. It was more than an announcement, it was a declaration of a commitment to sharing the black experience. “We are going back to that beautiful history and it is going to inspire us to greater achievements,” he told an audience of Hampton Institute students. Fifty years later, the Association for the Study of African American Life & History (ASALH), which Woodson founded to create and disseminate knowledge about black history, led the effort to expand one week to one month and evolve the name to Black History Month. Fast forward another 41 years, the National Park Foundation is helping to carry on Woodson’s legacy by raising awareness for the African American experience during Black History Month and throughout the year. P ...
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Protect America’s Heritage. Protect The Grand Canyon.
Huffington Post - 4 months
When President Obama created the César E. Chávez National Memorial in 2012, the first National Park unit to recognize the work of a contemporary Latino, he unleashed a wave of support for making our parks and public lands more relevant to diverse audiences. Since taking office, President Obama has used his executive authority to add 23 national monuments to our system of protected public lands. Sites designated because of their particular historical or cultural significance include the César Chávez National Monument (CA), Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial (DC), Charles Young Buffalo Soldiers National Monument (OH), Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad National Historic Park (MD), Stonewall National Monument (NY), and Honouliuli National Monument (HI). These places tell stories that deserve to be shared with the world. And there are many more, which is why the president is considering designating additional public lands, to better reflect and respect diverse experiences of people ...
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Woman Is Killed by a Stray Bullet at a Harlem Playground
NYTimes - 6 months
Odessa Simms, 61, had been playing dominoes and cards with friends at the Col. Charles Young Playground when a fight broke out and at least one person opened fire, the police said.
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Strengthening the Connections Between African Americans and National Parks
Huffington Post - almost 2 years
I spoke with Yosemite Park Ranger Shelton Johnson, the head of the grassroots organization "African American Parks Event", Teresa Baker, and the head of the consulting firm, Earthwise Productions, Audrey Peterman, about the efforts being made to strengthen the connection between African Americans and the U.S. National Parks. Since President Ulysses S. Grant signed the first national park, Yellowstone, into law in 1872, the national parks have provided American citizens and visitors from all over the world unique experiences with nature. The arches of Yellowstone National Park at the park entrance displays the Theodore Roosevelt quote, "for the benefit and enjoyment of the people." Despite Roosevelt's rhetoric, the national parks' missions have lacked focus towards African Americans for decades. The first African-American park superintendent, Charles Young, was appointed superintendent of Sequoia National Park in 1903. The next would not be appointed until nearly 70 years later ...
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How to visit the UCLA Meteorite Gallery
LATimes - about 3 years
WHERE: The museum is in Room 3697 of the Geology Building on the UCLA campus in Westwood. The address is 595 Charles E. Young Dr. East.
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Sec. Ken Salazar: Telling the Whole Story of America
The Huffington Post - almost 4 years
Two weeks ago, President Obama welcomed Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad National Monument into our National Park System. Located in Maryland, the site commemorates a woman -- often referred to as "the Moses of her people" -- who enabled many enslaved people to emancipate themselves and escape to freedom in the North. The new national park joins what is arguably the finest system of parks in the world. With sites from Yellowstone to the Statue of Liberty, our national parks celebrate the natural beauty of our land and the richness of our history and culture. For too long, however, a system that's known as "America's Storyteller" has been missing a few chapters. In establishing Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad National Monument, President Obama not only honored a fearless woman but also took another important step to celebrate the history and contributions of all Americans in our parks and other historic sites. When I took office, too few national historic la ...
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National Parks: Antiquities Act Strengthens Our Best Idea
The Huffington Post - almost 4 years
Whether paddling the Potomac River along the boundaries of the C&O Canal National Historical Park with my wife and family, scaling snowy peaks of Mount Rainier National Park, or riding my bicycle to work every day along the National Mall, our national parks are a major ingredient of the places, experiences, and memories that shape my life. With nearly 300 million annual visitors to our National Park System's now 401 sites, our national parks, famously referred to as our country's best idea, continue to get better with age. On March 25, 2013, President Obama designated our 399th, 400th, and 401st national park sites when he used the Antiquities Act to designate the Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad in Maryland, First State in Delaware, and Charles Young Buffalo Soldiers in Ohio as National Monuments. Since its passage in 1906, the Antiquities Act has been used by eight Republican Presidents and eight Democratic Presidents to designate national monuments. This important law has all ...
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What Your Kids Should Know About The Newest National Monuments
Huffington Post - almost 4 years
This week's Family Dinner Table Talk, from HuffPost and The Family Dinner book: Over 100 years ago, President Theodore Roosevelt made Devils Tower in Wyoming America’s first national monument. This week, President Obama added five more locations to the long list of venerated national landmarks that already includes Mount Rushmore, The Gateway Arch and the Statue of Liberty. The new sites are the Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad National Monument in Maryland; the Charles Young Buffalo Soldiers National Monument in Ohio; the Rio Grande del Norte National Monument in New Mexico, the San Juan Islands National Monument in Washington state, and First State National Monument in Delaware. Tonight, let’s talk about the importance of preserving our natural sites and resources -- and honoring our country’s history. Questions for discussion: Have you ever visited any national monuments? Which national monuments would you most like to visit in the future? Are we preserving ...
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Obama Designates Five New National Monuments
Huffington Post - almost 4 years
WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama has designated five new national monuments, using executive authority to protect historic or ecologically significant sites. Vice President Joe Biden and Interior Secretary Ken Salazar joined Obama Monday in the Oval Office as he signed five proclamations designating the sites under the Antiquities Act. The ceremony was closed to reporters. The sites are Rio Grande del Norte National Monument in New Mexico; First State National Monument in Delaware; Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad National Monument in Maryland; Charles Young Buffalo Soldiers National Monument in Ohio; and San Juan Islands National Monument in Washington state. Biden has long sought the site in Delaware, his home state and the only state without a national park. Designating the 1,100 acre site is the first step toward creating a national park there.
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Obama to designate 5 national monuments
San Francisco Chronicle - almost 4 years
Obama to designate 5 national monuments Associated Press Copyright 2013 Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Updated 5:46 pm, Friday, March 22, 2013 The sites are Rio Grande del Norte National Monument in New Mexico; First State National Monument in Delaware; Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad National Monument in Maryland; Charles Young Buffalo Soldiers National Monument in Ohio; and San Juan Islands National Monument in Washington state. The site includes wildlife habitat valued by hunters and anglers; rafting, camping, and other recreation, and is prized by the region's Hispanic and tribal groups. "Understanding that Congress is broken, The Wilderness Society is very pleased to see President Obama taking important steps toward putting conservation on equal ground with energy development," said Jamie Williams, president of The Wilderness Society. Th ...
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Jamie Williams: Preserving National Treasures
Huffington Post - almost 4 years
With the stroke of a pen, President Obama is expected to protect a national treasure in northern New Mexico, along with four other natural, cultural and historical landmarks. The Wilderness Society has worked for many years to with local partners to protect Rio Grande del Norte in northern New Mexico. The roughly 240,000 acre new national monument is best known for the stunning Rio Grande Gorge and Ute Mountain, which measures over 10,000 feet tall. The area boasts scenic views, serves as a home for wildlife and provides clean water to surrounding and downstream communities. It is also a recreational hotspot for hikers and bikers, rafters and bird watchers, and hunters and anglers. The national monument will also protect the Rio Grande, an important source of water for surrounding communities and a sacred part of northern New Mexico heritage. For years, unlikely friendships, partnerships and bonds have been forged, all in the name of protecting Rio Grande del Norte. T ...
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Boy Kicked Out For His Genetic Makeup Back In School
Huffington Post - over 4 years
Colman Chadam has been allowed to return to his middle school after officials ordered him to transfer out because of his genetic makeup. The 11-year-old California boy was told last month that he had to transfer from Jordan Middle School in Palo Alto to another one miles away -- because he carries the genetic mutations for cystic fibrosis, a noncontagious but incurable and life-threatening disease. Despite the gene's presence, Colman's parents and doctors have affirmed that he doesn't actually have the disease itself, nor does he exhibit the typical symptoms. Cystic fibrosis is inherited from both parents and while not contagious, can pose a threat if two people with the disease are in close contact. The disease affects the lungs and digestive system of about 30,000 people in the U.S. and 70,000 worldwide. In an effort to protect two other students at the school who do have the disease, officials declared that Colman would have to transfer out to prevent cross contamina ...
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Boy Kicked Out Of School For His Genetic Makeup
Huffington Post - over 4 years
Colman Chadam, an 11-year-old California boy, has been ordered to transfer from his current school to another one miles away because of his genetic makeup. Now, his parents are taking the issue to court. Colman carries the genetic mutations for cystic fibrosis, a noncontagious but incurable and life-threatening disease. Despite the gene's presence, the Jordan Middle School student in Palo Alto doesn't actually have the disease and doesn't exhibit the typical symptoms of thick mucus that can clog and infect the lungs. Cystic fibrosis is inherited from both parents and while not contagious, can pose a threat if two people with the disease are in close contact. In an effort to protect other students at the school who do have the disease, officials declared that Colman would have to transfer out to prevent cross contamination. "I was sad but at the same time I was mad because I understood that I hadn't done anything wrong," Colman told TODAY. "It feels like I'm being bu ...
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Red Arch/Blue Arch Flash Polls Agree: Mitt Romney Won The First Presidential Debate
Ballwin-Ellisville Patch - over 4 years
Political activists, and organizers on both ends of the political spectrum in Missouri are voicing agreement Thursday that fomer Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney "won" the first presidential debate with Barack Obama, held Wednesday in Denver. Patch conducted a flash poll late Wednesday night as part of the Red Arch/Blue Arch series of surveys taking the pulse of political thought leaders heading up to the November election. Responses came from 11 Republicans and 14 Democrats. Nine Republicans felt Romney won the debate, as did 6 Democrats. "Wow. This was an absolute destruction. The key to a challenger is to look like he belongs w/ the most powerful man in the world, and Romney did that," responded one Repubilcan. "Obama was very off, and seemed angry, should have done better," wrote another. "You fight fire with fire. Romney was aggressive, Obama was passive.....big mistake by Obama," wrote one Democrat. Democrats said President Obama's attempt to highlight the lac ...
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Bicyclist, 18, Killed in Westwood
Westwood-Century City Patch - over 4 years
A 18-year-old man was killed when he lost control of his bicycle and crashed into a wall on the UCLA campus in Westwood, police said Saturday. The rider was declared dead at UCLA Medical Center, where he was taken by private ambulance after the crash at 9:50 p.m. Friday on De Nave Drive and Charles E. Young Drive, said Los Angeles Police Sgt. C. Clark of the West Traffic Division, which was investigating the accident. Jerico Culata of Los Angeles was participating in the Critical Mass ride when he lost control of his bike and slammed into a masonry wall, Clark said. Culata went wide on a downhill curve, his friend told a photographer outside the hospital. Several other riders also crashed, but none was seriously hurt, according to Culata's friend. There was also trouble at the Critical Mass cycling event in San Diego on Friday night. A San Diego police officer was recovering today after being hit in the head with a screwdriver that a rider allegedly threw. It was u ...
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Eli Broad's foundation withholds pledge payments
LATimes - over 4 years
Citing unspent exhibition funds, the Broad Foundation delays contributions from its $30-million pledge to the Museum of Contemporary Art. MOCA declines to comment. Los Angeles billionaireEli Broad'sfoundation has held back promised contributions to the Museum of Contemporary Art, which former MOCA Chief Executive Charles Young says is not allowed under Broad's 2008 pledge agreement with the museum.
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Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Charles E. Young
  • 2010
    Age 78
    He presided over the museum's stabilization, completing his appointment in 2010.
    More Details Hide Details "If anything made his reputation, it was his defense of acting professor Angela Davis, a Communist whose politics drew the ire of UC regents. In a test of wills, Young refused to fire her. The regents finally did it themselves." In 1993 a 14-day hunger strike in support of Chicano studies ended in a compromise solution, without official departmental status but with additional resources and a new name, the Cesar Chavez Center. "I'm glad it's over and I hope they get back to class and get back to their other activities and that we will have an opportunity to see this program become the great center, the great program, in Chicano studies we all want it to be," UCLA Chancellor Charles E. Young said. Young clashed with the UC Regents over his support for affirmative action policies. In a speech before the UCLA Academic Senate, he defended the use of race and ethnicity in admissions. “’The result is that UCLA enrolls the highest qualified students from all ethnic groups, all income levels, all family backgrounds, all life experiences,’ he said. ‘And all of them are qualified to be here.’ After Young spoke, faculty members greeted him with warm applause and several rose to express their gratitude for what one professor called Young's leadership role.” He was also vocal in his support for affirmative action at the University of Florida. “Charles E. Young, president of the University of Florida, was the loudest dissenting voice to Jeb Bush’s plan.
  • 2008
    Age 76
    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.
    More Details Hide Details In that capacity, Young oversaw the museum's business operations while a separate director was responsible for artistic decisions.
  • 2006
    Age 74
    His daughter, Elizabeth Young-Apstein, died in 2006.
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  • 2004
    Age 72
    Young served as President of the Qatar Foundation from 2004-2006.
    More Details Hide Details Located in the State of Qatar, a small peninsula on the west coast of the Persian Gulf, the Foundation defines its vision in these words: “Through education and research, Qatar Foundation leads human, social, and economic development of Qatar; making Qatar a nation that can be a vanguard for productive change in the region and a role model for the broader international community.” 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.
  • 2003
    Age 71
    He served until 2003.
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  • 2002
    Age 70
    In 2002 Young married Judy Cornell.
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  • 2001
    Age 69
    Sue Young died in 2001.
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  • 1999
    Age 67
    On November 1, 1999, Young became the tenth president of the University of Florida.
    More Details Hide Details He initially served on an interim basis, but his popularity with the faculty and University of Florida Trustees led to a permanent appointment.
  • 1997
    Age 65
    At his departure in 1997, Young was the longest-serving college leader in American higher education.
    More Details Hide Details For his service, the Young Research Library at UCLA bears his name, as well as Charles E. Young Drive, an important loop road inside campus. He is also a former chairman of the Association of American Universities (1983), 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 Board of Directors of the Los Angeles Olympic Organizing Committee for the 1984 Summer Olympics.
  • 1992
    Age 60
    In 1992, Young announced that UCLA would manage the Hammer Museum. 'It has been the long-term goal of UCLA to build the finest arts program of any major research university in the country,' Young said. 'I think we are well on our way with this proposed agreement with the Hammer Museum.'
    More Details Hide Details The arrangement was finalized in 1994. That year Young hosted President Bill Clinton at a convocation celebrating UCLA’s 75th anniversary.
  • 1988
    Age 56
    In 1988, Young helped to negotiate a lucrative ABC television contract for the Rose Bowl game.
    More Details Hide Details Young was also a vocal leader of reform efforts as a member of the American Council on Education (ACE), the NCAA Presidents Commission and the Knight Commission. His ACE committee recommended limitations on recruiting and stronger satisfactory-progress legislation.
  • 1978
    Age 46
    He announced the new Pac-10 in 1978.
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  • 1974
    Age 42
    Young was active in a wide range of issues involving intercollegiate athletics. In an era when the NCAA called Title IX requirements for women’s athletics “Extreme”, Young voluntarily expanded UCLA women’s athletics even before the requirements went into effect, adding 11 varsity programs for women in 1974.
    More Details Hide Details During Young’s time at UCLA (Fall 1968 through Spring 1997) UCLA women won 14 NCAA team championships. Men’s teams won another 47 trophies for a total of 61. As chair of the Pac-8’s President and Chancellors group, Young led the effort to add the University of Arizona and Arizona State University to the conference.
  • 1968
    Age 36
    Under his leadership as chancellor from 1968 to 1997, UCLA became one of the top 10 research universities in the country, student enrollment increased from almost 29,000 to more than 35,000, and the number of faculty doubled.
    More Details Hide Details The operating budget grew from $170 million to $2 billion. Private gifts grew from $6.2 million in 1968 to $190.8 million in 1995-1996, at that point the highest total ever reached by a UC campus. Near the end of his time in office, Young led a $1.2 billion fund-raising drive for UCLA, at the time the most ambitious ever attempted by a public university. Academic milestones during Young’s tenure include UCLA's admission to membership in the Association of American Universities (1974), a top five ranking of graduate programs from the Conference Board of the Associated Research Councils (1982), and a number three ranking among university research libraries (1994–95). The Library grew from 2.8 million volumes in 1968 to 6.8 million in 1996-1997. Faculty recognition included a Nobel Prize in Chemistry (Donald Cram, 1987), six National Medal of Science recipients (1970, 1989, 1993, 1994, 1996), and four MacArthur Foundation Fellows (1985, 1986, 1994, 1995).
    Following Chancellor Murphy's resignation, Young was named his successor by the UC Regents on July 12, 1968.
    More Details Hide Details At 36, he was the nation's youngest head of a major university.
  • 1959
    Age 27
    He worked for University of California President Clark Kerr in 1959-60 on the California Master Plan for Higher Education. Young met Sue Daugherty when they were students at San Bernardino Valley College. They married in 1950 and had two children, Charles Jr. and Elizabeth.
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  • 1957
    Age 25
    He received his Master of Arts and doctor of philosophy degrees in political science from UCLA in 1957 and 1960, respectively.
    More Details Hide Details His dissertation is titled “The politics of political boundary making."
  • 1955
    Age 23
    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.
    More Details Hide Details While he was at UCR, he was the campus's first student body president.
  • 1931
    Young was born in Highland, California in 1931.
    More Details Hide Details As a youth he worked in the local orange groves. He served in the U.S. Air Force during the Korean War.
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