Vice President Eric Young Named to ystark's! Twenty under 40! List

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When Eric Young, Ph.D. and his wife Katie moved to Stark County in 2011, they knew they had found a community where they wanted to put down roots. Residents of Louisville, the Youngs determined to raise their three boys and live wholeheartedly in their community.

“Having grown up in Northeast Ohio, I love being in Stark County,” said Young. “Being close to my family is important to me, and I have family in Akron, Youngstown, and Tuscarawas County-- so we are centrally located. I also love the access to a variety of events in activities within the county but also across northeastern Ohio and western Pennsylvania. I love the variety of parks that we have across the county and enjoy taking the boys to them to explore and play.”

When the opportunity to join the Malone community as Vice President of Enrollment and Marketing presented itself, Young was eager to throw his hat into the ring. As Canton’s University, Malone leans into opportunities to serve and support the greater community, just as Young does.

“I was fortunate to find the job opening at a time when I felt a strong sense of calling into this next stage of my career, and I didn’t want to relocate, so the timing couldn’t have been better,” he said. “Once I met Dr. Miller and heard his vision for Malone University as the only Bible-based university in northeast Ohio, and the transparency with which we communicate that to our current and prospective students, I knew the school would be a good fit for me.”

Recently honored with the distinction of being named to the yStark’s prestigious 2024 Class of Twenty under 40!, Young is celebrated with other nominees based on career acumen, community service and trusteeship, and personal and professional achievements. The selection committee is comprised of business and community leaders representing a range of industry sectors from around Stark County.  

“I’m humbled to receive this award and to see what opportunities to serve Stark County come next,” said Young.

In addition to leading the Enrollment Management division at Malone (which includes Undergraduate and Graduate Admissions, Financial Aid, and University Relations), Young is active on the board for the Louisville Baseball and Softball Association and spends much of his time coaching within that association or through the Louisville YMCA. He has also served in his church community, Union Avenue United Methodist Church in Alliance, as a member of the Staff Parish Relations Committee; he also briefly served as chair.  

In reflecting on recently completing his first year of service to Malone, Young said, “I am excited about the excellent people I get to work with every day across campus and within the community. As the only Council for Christian Colleges & Universities (CCCU) institution in northeast Ohio, we have a real opportunity to meet the needs of many students and families across the region who are looking for a Bible-based education. I appreciate the connection that Malone has with the local community and the opportunities we have to collaborate on events like our partnership with the Canton Chamber to host the recent AI Tech Conference, or the curricular innovation of our Learn and Earn program partnerships with the Hall of Fame Village and the Fastenal Company. I love that we can serve our students while also contributing to the community both now and in the future.” 

No doubt, Young is making his mark at Malone and in Stark County. 

"We are thrilled that Dr. Young has joined the Malone University team,” said President Greg Miller, Ph.D. “He is an incredible leader with substantial admissions experience who has already made a significant, positive impact on our recent enrollment growth and will be a key leader in this new chapter in Malone’s history."  

He named Basil, Deli Ohio, and the Winking Lizard among his favorite restaurants in the area. He enjoys running and has raced around Stark County in events like the Hall of Fame Half Marathon, the CAK 5K, and the Louisville YMCA Shamrock 5K. The Youngs also enjoy any baseball field or park with a playground, as well as events at the Pro Football Hall of Fame. 

Young and 19 other Stark County young leaders, including Jacques Pelser ’17 and Tonya Rogers ’08 will be recognized at the 17th annual Twenty under 40! awards gala in June.