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Thomas Young Named Provost Emeritus at Clarkson University

Thomas C. Young was named provost emeritus at Clarkson University's 120th Commencement today. Young was honored for 36 years of exemplary service to the University.

Thomas C. YoungYoung joined Clarkson in 1977, rising to serve as chair of the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering from 1999 to 2004, when he became associate dean for academic programs in the Coulter School of Engineering. In 2005, he was named provost and chief academic officer, a position that he held until 2012. In this role, he established numerous procedures that today aid in the operation of the university.

A dedicated teacher, Young taught more than 20 different courses and generations of undergraduate students for the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering and the Coulter School of Engineering. In addition, he advised more than 30 master's and Ph.D. students to completion. He also served on the tenure, promotions, standing review, and academic integrity committees; and, the faculty senate and administrative council.

As a faculty member and later chair of Clarkson’s Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Young’s research funding earned him a charter membership in Clarkson’s Million Dollar Club. He twice received the MHW Soft Excellence in Engineering Education Award and was a two-time recipient of the Coulter School of Engineering’s Albert D. Merrill Award.

Young is a leading scholar in the field of water quality with an emphasis on environmental contaminant transport and fate in freshwater systems. He has prepared more than 175 professional presentations and 100 peer-reviewed articles and technical publications.

In recognition of his scholarly achievement he received the Chandler-Misener Award from the International Association for Great Lakes Research.

His professional service contributions included leadership positions on the Great Lakes Research Consortium, the Adirondack Research Consortium, the Syracuse Center of Excellence and the International Association for Sediment-Water Science.

Young received his bachelor of arts degree in zoology/fisheries biology and his master of science in sanitary engineering from the University of Missouri, and his doctoral degree in limnology from Michigan State University.

Clarkson University launches leaders into the global economy. One in five alumni already leads as a CEO, VP or equivalent senior executive of a company. Located just outside the Adirondack Park in Potsdam, N.Y., Clarkson is a nationally recognized research university for undergraduates with select graduate programs in signature areas of academic excellence directed toward the world’s pressing issues. Through 50 rigorous programs of study in engineering, business, arts, sciences and health sciences, the entire learning-living community spans boundaries across disciplines, nations and cultures to build powers of observation, challenge the status quo, and connect discovery and engineering innovation with enterprise.

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