May 19, 2022

Young Named UMW Associate Provost for Career and Workforce

UMW’s Kimberly Young has been named Associate Provost for Career and Workforce.

UMW’s Kimberly Young has been named Associate Provost for Career and Workforce.

Kimberly Young has been named associate provost for Career and Workforce at the University of Mary Washington. The announcement was made Tuesday by Interim Provost Tim O’Donnell in an e-mail to the campus community.

For nearly five years, Young has served as UMW’s executive director of Continuing and Professional Studies, a role in which she has forged relationships across the region and around the Commonwealth. As associate provost, she will now also assume responsibility for the Center for Career and Professional Development.

“This move is strategic,” O’Donnell said. “As a University, we need to leverage the connections Young has made in order to create opportunities for our students to prepare for life and careers after Mary Washington. This will give students greater opportunities to pursue internships and other applied employment-based learning experiences while also meeting regional and statewide workforce needs.”

Young will focus on creating innovative partnerships that will lead to meaningful work experiences through which Mary Washington students can apply their academic knowledge and critical thinking skills.

“We want employers to know that our students – with their high-quality liberal arts and sciences background – are prepared to excel in the workforce upon graduation and to grow as leaders in their communities well into the future,” said UMW President Troy Paino.

Young added: “As an academic institution guided by the principles of critical thinking and the fearless exploration of knowledge, we are obligated to prepare our students to lead in life and in work.”

Young has more than two decades of industry and academic experience. Prior to joining UMW, she was at the University of Missouri-Kansas City, where she oversaw the Executive MBA program and established the Executive Education Center. She was responsible for key collaborative relationships including an extensive multi-year partnership with a global healthcare organization.

Previously, Young worked for ARAMARK and Cap Gemini Ernst & Young. Her clients included global organizations, such as Coca-Cola Company, Eli Lilly, 3M Corp., Boeing and Garmin.

She earned a bachelor’s degree in public policy studies from Duke University and both an MBA and a master of management degree in hospitality from Cornell University. She is actively involved in the Fredericksburg region, serving on the Mary Washington Healthcare Citizens Council, the GO Virginia Region 6 Council, and as chair of the Central Rappahannock Regional Library Board of Trustees. She is also a senior fellow of the Institute for Learning Innovation, a teaching fellow for Leadership Fredericksburg, co-chair of the UMW Women’s Leadership Colloquium and a member of the Links Inc.

Young Named UMW Associate Provost for Career and Workforce

Kimberly Young has been named associate provost for Career and Workforce at the University of Mary Washington. The announcement was made today by Interim Provost Tim O’Donnell in an e-mail to the campus community. For nearly five years, Young has served as UMW’s executive director of Continuing and Professional Studies, a role in which she […]

Young Elected Chair of Library Board of Trustees

Kimberly Young, executive director for Continuing and Professional Studies

Kimberly Young, executive director for Continuing and Professional Studies

Kimberly Young, executive director of Continuing and Professional Studies at UMW, was recently elected as chair of the Central Rappahannock Regional Library’s Board of Trustees. According to an article in The Free Lance-Star, “Library Board of Trustees members are appointed by and represent their jurisdictions, donating their time as advocates for the public. Trustees work closely with the library director and deputy director to determine library policy, adopt budgets and support library legislation on a state and national level. Trustees also promote the library’s services, classes and events in their interactions with the community.” Read more.

Leadership Fredericksburg participants announced (Fredericksburg Today)

Young, Pack Take Part in Leadership Fredericksburg

Executive Director of Continuing and Professional Studies Kimberly Young will serve on the faculty for Leadership Fredericksburg’s latest cohort, which will include Director of Graduate Admissions Christy Pack as a fellow. Read more.

Young Elected Chair of Central Rappahannock Regional Library’s Board of Trustees

Kimberly Young, executive director for Continuing and Professional Studies

Kimberly Young, executive director for Continuing and Professional Studies

Kimberly Young, executive director of Continuing and Professional Studies at the University of Mary Washington, was recently elected chair of the Board of Trustees of the Central Rappahannock Regional Library. According to an article in The Free Lance-Star, “Library board of trustee members are appointed by and represent their jurisdictions, donating their time as advocates for the public. Trustees work closely with the library director and deputy director to determine library policy, adopt budgets and support library legislation on a state and national level. Trustees also promote the library’s services, classes and events in their interactions in the community.” Read more.

Library board of trustees elects chair, vice chair (The Free Lance-Star)

UMW Supports K-12 Teachers in Online Teaching

After doing their best to teach remotely for three months due to the global pandemic, Virginia’s K-12 teachers got word in June that they likely would return to teaching this fall – and at least some of it would be online. The sudden switch in spring had been hard enough; few of the state’s teachers […]

UMW Supports K-12 Teachers in Online Teaching

After doing their best to teach remotely for three months due to the global pandemic, Virginia’s K-12 teachers got word in June that they likely would return to teaching this fall – and at least some of it would be online. The sudden switch in spring had been hard enough; few of the state’s teachers had been trained in remote education or in keeping off-site students engaged.

They needed help. That’s when the University of Mary Washington’s College of Education (COE) stepped up. In collaboration with Continuing and Professional Studies (CPS) at UMW, a Summer Virtual Teaching Series quickly emerged.

“It has been an exciting opportunity to share the experience and knowledge of the College of Education faculty with local schoolteachers,” said Kristina Peck, UMW’s Director of Clinical Experiences.

In just four weeks, based on local educators’ input, UMW prepared six one-credit professional-development courses providing best practices in online instruction. Despite the tight schedule, UMW didn’t sacrifice quality, said Kimberly Young, CPS executive director. The classes had to meet the same standards as other COE courses. Read more.

Q&A Session Focused on Recruitment and Retention

UMW faculty and staff tuned in yesterday to a Zoom presentation and Q&A session centered on fall enrollment and retention in the time of COVID-19. Facilitated by Chief of Staff Jeff McClurken, the hour-long event included Vice President for Enrollment Management Kimberley Buster-Williams, Director of Undergraduate Admissions Melissa Yakabouski, Executive Director of Continuing and Professional Studies Kimberly Young and Director of Graduate Admissions Christy Pack.

Vice President for Enrollment Management Kimberley Buster-Williams

Vice President for Enrollment Management Kimberley Buster-Williams

Buster-Williams and Yakabouski, who together have worked half a century in college admissions, said that the recruitment-related woes they’ve faced throughout their careers have been trumped by unemployment rates, health concerns and other disruptions caused by the current pandemic.

COVID-19 has taken an increasingly competitive college-enrollment landscape to new heights, the administrators said, forcing them to re-imagine strategies for recruiting and retaining students, and pose innovative solutions. At the time of the talk, first-year deposits stood at slightly more than 100 less than anticipated, according to Buster-Williams. This mirrors a downward trend across the country, she said. Mary Washington, like other schools, has extended the enrollment deposit deadline to June 1.

“We find ourselves in the midst of a recruitment crisis, and the outpouring of support has been truly appreciated,” she said of faculty, staff, alumni and other members of the Mary Washington community who are pitching in to help yield a strong incoming class.

Director of Undergraduate Admissions Melissa Yakabouski

Director of Undergraduate Admissions Melissa Yakabouski

After working for years to build a 2020-21 UMW undergraduate cohort – visiting schools, attending college fairs, reading applications and more – “our entire operation went online,” Yakabouski said. Without the overwhelming support, she said, “we could not have pivoted as quickly or as well.”

Among incoming students’ top concerns, she said, are a need to connect and a desire to know if Mary Washington will be able to meet its goal of providing in-person learning this fall or if the coronavirus crisis will force courses back online.

Pack and Young said they also have been “sorting through uncertainties” to meet the changing demands of adult learners by enhancing testing and pathway options, and financial support opportunities.

Director of Graduate Admissions Christy Pack

Director of Graduate Admissions Christy Pack

Together, Pack said, the two have hosted virtual sessions throughout the past six weeks for 150 students interested in enrolling in UMW’s MBA, M.Ed., MSGA, BSN, BLS, GIS-certification and other professional development programs.

“Uncertainty means we have hope,” said Young, who is keeping a close eye on the ways in which UMW can help meet the changing needs of area industries, such as offering COVID-19-influenced courses required of educators.

Participants posed a host of questions about such topics as how other schools’ decisions impact UMW’s admissions operations and what unique enrollment strategies are being considered.

“We are making sure we’re being really brilliant at the basics,” Buster-Williams said.

Executive Director of Continuing and Professional Studies Kimberly Young

Executive Director of Continuing and Professional Studies Kimberly Young

In answer to Professor of Chemistry Nicole Crowder’s question on how the entire UMW community can continue to support this crucial effort, Yakabouski suggested being responsive to inquiries from prospective students and their parents, and sharing innovative ideas.

“Recruitment isn’t just about the four of us on this panel,” Young said. “It’s about all of us.”

Watch the May 20 Q&A session on YouTube.