Mar 28, 2006

Dave Young to retire in July, teach in aviation

by Robert Sisk

Executive Vice President Dave Young announced that he will be transitioning from his current position July 1 and will accept a teaching position in Liberty’s aviation department. Dr. Ron Godwin will assume the role of Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer (EVP/COO) to manage the everyday responsibilities of running the university.

The office of executive vice president was created after President John Borek left. Young assisted in Dr. Borek’s transition and officially assumed the position July 1, 2004. According to Young, when he took the job he told Dr. Jerry Falwell it would only be for a couple of years allowing him to assist in the preparation for the SACS reaffirmation for accreditation and the ABA accreditation of the Law School.

Since Young has been in office, the campus has seen two major building changes, Campus North and Campus East, and the conception of the Liberty University School of Law and its provisional accreditation. With the campus still growing, Young said that LU is going in the right direction. “Managed and measured growth is critical to ensure we have the infrastructure in place to support the students, faculty and staff.  This includes residence halls, food service, classrooms, adequate technology and qualified faculty,” Young said.

According to the Lynchburg News and Advance, since Young has been executive vice president, the Distance Learning Program has increased to more than 10,000 students.

Young looks forward to his continued relationship with Liberty University as he enjoys working with the students.  “The aviation department has great potential to be one of the top aviation departments in the country, especially within faith-based institutions and (I am) excited about being a part of this opportunity,” Young said.

 Contact Robert Sisk at rjsisk@liberty.edu.

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