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Jan. 15, 2011
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SRU’s Josh Young earns Rising Star political honors

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. – Josh Young, a 2004 Slippery Rock University graduate and the University’s youngest Council of Trustees chair in history, has been named one of 30 Pennsylvania Rising Stars under the age of 30 by Politics Pa. The online resource for Pennsylvania politics received 300 nominations.
       Young, who received a degree in political science from SRU and served on student government, has become a fixture in Philadelphia suburban politics. A Pennsylvania Democratic State Committee member, he is serving his second term as a Caln Township supervisor in Chester County and serves on the board of the Chester County Young Democrats.
           He has worked to save taxpayer dollars by bringing the township into the 21st century with computer and digital-based communications and record storage as well as cutting wasteful and unnecessary spending.
          In 2007, Young helped facilitate Caln Township's acquisition of Ingleside Golf Course, which preserved 177 acres and provides a new recreational activity for the township. In 2009, he helped create Caln Township's conservation and renewable energy taskforce that has hosted a green expo and a shredding event.
           Young was elected the youngest chair of the Council of Trustees in Slippery Rock history Oct. 1 at the age of 28. Upon his election Young said, “I represent a new generation of leadership for Slippery Rock University. I am the first of the millennial generation.” 
              Young said hopes to bring an era of accessibility and accountability. "The world has shifted and the council should too. The council needs to be more flexible to meet the needs of all Slippery Rock University's stakeholders in this new world," he said. 

As a leader and advocate for higher education and Slippery Rock University, Young has said his role is to, "Continue the high quality of education principles and leadership preparation for current and future students that have guided me so well."
           While a student at SRU, he served as a Student Government Association Senator and Speaker of the Senate.  He continues to be a presence on campus. Most recently, Young spoke at The Rock’s winter commencement, telling graduates to never take no for an answer.
        Politics Pa., launched in 2001, is intended as a one-stop shop for political followers. It updates headlines several times a day.

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