Sen. Rich Funke, R-Perinton, announced that Dr. Alice Holloway Young is this year’s 2018 Woman of Distinction.
Young is a founder of Monroe Community College and one of the first African-American teachers in the Rochester City School District. The Women of Distinction program honors exceptional women from across New York State who are making contributions in the community every day.
“Dr. Alice Young’s body of work in education has influenced generations of learning through the Rochester City School District and Monroe Community College. Her commitment to continually building people up through education continues to live on through students today, and I’m proud to shine a state light on her accomplishments,” said Funke.
Young was born Sept. 29, 1923, in Warren County, North Carolina. She received a bachelor’s degree from Bennett College and a master’s degree and a doctoral degree in education supervision and administration from the University of Rochester. She joined the Rochester City School District in 1952 where she held numerous roles as an educator for the next four decades.
She was one of the district’s first African-American teachers; the only African-American reading specialist in the district; the first African-American vice-principal and principal of elementary schools; and the first Title I Director. She also wrote and supervised the district’s first integration programs, including the Urban Suburban program, which continues to grow to this day.
Just as significant is Young’s role as a founder of Monroe Community College. Named as a trustee in 1961, she served as chair of trustees from 1978 to 1998. Her 20-year tenure earned her recognition as the longest-serving trustee among New York State community colleges. The Alice H. Young Teaching Internship for Ethnic Minority Graduate students and The Alice Holloway Young Society for Charitable Giving are both named in her honor.
“Dr. Young has dedicated her life to education, as a teacher, a principal, a trustee and a mentor. Her vision for and commitment to building a community college that provides access and opportunity in Monroe County has had an extraordinary impact. Over half a million students have passed through our halls and classrooms at MCC, and because of Dr. Young’s inspiring leadership and her belief in the power of learning, their lives and our community have been transformed. She is a true woman of distinction,” said Monroe Community College President Dr. Anne Kress.
To nominate someone for the 2019 program, submit a biography — 250 words or less — with a current address and contact information. Submissions should be sent to Funke’s District Office, 230 Packetts Landing, Fairport, NY 14450.