Outgoing Board chair enjoys giving back to Queen's
Bill Young chaired his final meeting of the Board of Trustees earlier this month.
“It has been a privilege to serve on the Board of Trustees and more recently as Board Chair,” says Mr. Young (Sci’77), who will step down from the position at the end of the month. “The issues the Board has been involved with have been really interesting to me and I consider them very important.”
Mr. Young, a Massachusetts resident, has served on over 15 Board and Queen’s committees during his 16 years of service to the university. The Board has managed some high profile issues during Mr. Young’s five years as chair including leadership changes, high-profile infrastructure projects, and difficult financial situations.
“Bill has provided diplomatic, knowledgeable, and capable leadership during his tenure,” says Principal Daniel Woolf. “He is really a role model for other alumni who are based outside Canada, demonstrating their potential to remain engaged in the university.”
The Board itself has undergone many changes under Mr. Young’s leadership. Oversight of the university’s finances has been enhanced through implementation of a new system for reporting operating budget and capital expenditures. The Board has reduced its size to improve overall efficiency and changed how the agenda is set.
As he looks to the future, Mr. Young believes Queen’s is well positioned to weather the financial challenges Ontario universities currently face. He is confident Queen’s – a mid-sized, residential, research-intensive university with a broad learning environment and strong commitment to teaching -- will continue to attract the brightest minds, both students and faculty.
Mr. Young, managing partner of Monitor Clipper Equity Partners, has a strong desire to stay involved at Queen’s. He will continue to serve as a member of the Board’s investment committee.
Barbara Palk is the incoming chair of the Board.