Lester Young has accepted an offer to serve as the permanent Dean of the College of Agriculture, Provost Marten denBoer announced today. Young has served as the college's interim dean since April 2008.
With more than 30 years at Cal Poly Pomona, Young has held a number of administrative positions and served on the college's faculty. Prior becoming the interim dean, he was the Interim Associate Vice President of Student Services and also served as the Associate Dean of the College of Agriculture.
“This is a great day for me and my family as it marks the culmination of a dream,” said Young. “Cal Poly Pomona and the College of Agriculture have been my second home for over 30 years. I am humbled by this opportunity and respectful of the work that lies ahead. We have a marvelous team of faculty and staff that are exclusively focused on the needs of our students.”
With an expertise in entomology, Young's teaching responsibilities have included: general entomology, integrated pest management, biological control, pest control practices and population ecology. He has also served as the program coordinator for the Agricultural Biology program and faculty adviser of the Agricultural Biology Club. He is a past recipient of the College of Agriculture Adviser of the Year award and the Champion of Diversity Award at Cal Poly Pomona.
“Les' breadth of experience gives the College of Agriculture community a strong advocate and a passionate leader,” said Provost denBoer. “He has done an exceptional job as the interim dean and we can expect that same momentum with the permanent position.”
During his tenure at the university, Young served on various advisory committees and councils, including the CSU Agricultural Advisory Committee, Academic Affairs Division Budget Advisory Committee and the WASC Committee for the Capacity and Preparatory Review.
Young attended Cal State Los Angeles for his undergraduate education, majoring in zoology. He attended CSU East Bay for his master's degree in bioscience and earned his doctorate in entomology from UC Berkeley.