Donald Young

Donald Young, Ph.D.

Job title: Interim dean
Telephone: (804) 828-8295
Location: 828 W. Franklin St., Room 105

As interim dean, Dr. Young plans to continue with implementation of the CHS strategic plan to bring distinction to the College through outstanding achievements and successes of its faculty and students.

Donald Young, Ph.D., became the interim dean of the Virginia Commonwealth University College of Humanities and Sciences on July 1, 2019. For the previous three years he was the senior associate dean for finance and administration and served as the chief operating officer of the College of Humanities and Sciences. He is also a professor in the Department of Biology and former chair of that department. His research focuses on environmental and biotic factors affecting the distribution of barrier island plants, successional processes in coastal environments, and plant characteristics that facilitate growth and survival in coastal environments, especially within the context of climate change.

As interim dean, he plans to continue with implementation of the CHS strategic plan, , to bring distinction to the College through outstanding achievements and successes of its faculty and students. Integral efforts will be to promote CHS faculty diversity and to continue to provide resources for at-risk students by ensuring that students have mentors to guide them through their education.

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