Education

Dr. Young-Thomas Named Trustee of Union County College

18c1f258bb9cada2a8a8_Young-Thomas.JPG
Union County College President Margaret M. McMenamin and Union County College Board of Trustees Chair Victor M. Richel welcome Dr. Young-Thomas (center) to the Board of Trustees.
18c1f258bb9cada2a8a8_Young-Thomas.JPG

CRANFORD – At the April 25, 2017, meeting of the Union County College Board of Trustees, Dr. Karen Young-Thomas was sworn in to serve as a new Trustee. Dr. Young-Thomas, of Roselle, is the CEO of The Marion P. Thomas Charter School in Newark, NJ. Union County College Board of Trustees Chair Victor M. Richel welcomed Dr. Young-Thomas to the meeting and initiated her swearing in. She was appointed to the College’s Board of Trustees by the Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders.

Dr. Young-Thomas was one of the founders of The Marion P. Thomas Charter School, which began in 1999 with 60 students and today services more than 1400 students in grades K-12 on four campuses in Newark. Since 2015, it has a performing arts and culinary high school located in a state of the art facility. MPTCS is the largest independent and minority-led charter school in the state and the third largest charter school statewide.

Prior to coming to MPTCS, Dr. Young-Thomas served as the marketing director of ESSENCE Magazine and for more than 20 years. Some programs she created include the ESSENCE Awards, an Emmy-award winning prime-time TV special, The ESSENCE Music Festival and the ESSENCE TV Program. 

Sign Up for E-News

Dr. Young-Thomas has always had an entrepreneurial spirit. In 1991, she opened the marketing firm RK Productions with offices in New York, Newark, and Roselle. The firm serviced ESSENCE, Revlon, McDonalds, Sony, Rebook, WNBC-TV, WWRL-AM, Burrell Advertising, Showtime at the Apollo, and The Winans Family National Tour.

Dr. Young-Thomas holds a Doctorate in Urban Leadership and her Master’s in Educational Leadership with a certification as a School Business Administrator, both from Kean University. She also holds a graduate degree from New York University in special events and marketing. Her undergraduate degree is in Communications from Simmons College. She also completed the Harvard Graduate School of Education program for urban educators and holds a certification from the Schools in Transition Program at the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard. She is a fellow of the Leadership Newark Class of 2005 and a founding member of the Simmons College Leadership Council.

Union County College is a public, comprehensive community college providing quality, affordable, accessible educational programs that serve the greater Union County region. It is the first of New Jersey’s 19 Associate Degree colleges, serving both career-minded and transfer-oriented students since 1933. The College enrolls almost 30,000 credit, non-credit, and continuing education students and is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education. Many programs lead to the Associate in Arts, Science, and Applied Science degrees. For more information about Union County College, go to www.ucc.edu.

TAP Into Another Town's News:

You May Also Be Interested In

Sign Up for E-News

Scotch Plains/Fanwood

New Ice Rink Gets Green Light from Westfield Town Council

May 23, 2018

WESTFIELD, NJ — A standing room-only crowd cheered and booed Tuesday night after the town council, with a 6-3 vote, passed a resolution granting Mayor Shelley Brindle the authority to negotiate a lease agreement with Arena Realty Partners for a temporary ice rink at Gumbert Park this winter.

Brindle made her case for testing out the public-private partnership.

“I don’t ...

Capitalist or Communist?

Karl Marx may have been the pioneer, but many other Jews were also involved in the struggle for communism, particularly in the early days of the Russian revolution. Personally, I don’t think that we have any apologies to make for this phenomenon. Having suffered unbearably under successive oppressive regimes, many of those political activists genuinely thought communism would be better ...

The Facts About Vaping

May 13, 2018

Dear Editor:

The recent public discussion about vaping and “Juuling” that occurred at our high school really opened the eyes of a lot of parents who may have been clueless about what their kids are doing to themselves. There is a lot of conflicting and confusing information available online, on YouTube and social media about the so-called benefits of vaping vs. smoking ...

Wardlaw+Hartridge Students Shine at Spring Concert

May 23, 2018

EDISON, NJ -- Lower School students at The Wardlaw+Hartridge School in Edison showcased their vocal and instrumental talents in the Grades 2-5 Spring Concert on May 10.

Highlights of the concert included two vocal selections from The Sound of Music - My Favorite Things by the third and fourth grade and Do Re Mi by the third grade, the Hebrew lullaby Numi Numi by the second and fifth ...

Upcoming Events

Carousel_image_ba317921a2cba7b2db89_great_american_read

Thu, May 24, 7:00 PM

Scotch Plains Public Library, Scotch Plains

The Great American Read Kickoff Celebration

Arts & Entertainment

Fri, June 1, 8:00 AM

Royce Brook Golf Club, Hillsborough Township

Liam's Room 5th Annual Charity Golf Outing

Giving Back Sports