Beverly Young, CA State University System Chancellor, to Chair WestEd's Board of Directors, 2014-15

San Francisco, CA—July 17, 2014— Beverly L. Young, Assistant Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs, California State University Office of the Chancellor, has been elected Chair of the WestEd Board of Directors. Young begins her one-year leadership position July 17.

Young is recognized as an expert in the preparation of California educators. Within the nation’s largest four-year university system, she works with presidents, vice presidents, and deans of education to support both educator preparation and collaboration with P-12 partners in addressing California policy priorities, including significantly advancing college and career readiness.

WestEd’s Board of Directors comprises leaders from public and private education, business, and human services communities. Board members take an active role in agency leadership and strategic planning.

“Beverly Young has served on WestEd’s Board of Directors in numerous leadership positions for over six years, and it is a testament to her dedication to our agency’s mission and her skill as a director that her colleagues elected her to serve as Board Chair in 2014-15,” says Glen Harvey, WestEd CEO. “I, personally, look forward to having Dr. Young as a close agency adviser on all issues of organizational consequence in the exciting and challenging months ahead.” 

“I am honored to have the opportunity to continue my relationship with WestEd in a leadership role with the Board of Directors,” says Young. “This is an exciting time in education, and WestEd has a major role, with potential to help effect significant improvements. I am looking forward to the next year, and working with this outstanding group of professionals.”

Young is taking the Board leadership reins from Bernice Stafford, who served as chair for 2013-14.

In addition to serving on the WestEd Board, Young serves on the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing, Executive Committee of the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium, Executive Committee of the APLU Science and Mathematics Teacher Initiative, Board of Directors of the Vanderbilt IRIS Center for Faculty Enhancement, California Concurrence Committee, and Policy Advisory Board of the edTPA.

Young received an MA in Reading and Literacy, and a PhD in Curriculum & Instruction from the University of California at Riverside.

About WestEd

WestEd, a national nonpartisan research, development, and service agency, works with education and other communities to promote excellence, achieve equity, and improve social and learning outcomes for children, youth, and adults. WestEd has 15 offices nationwide, from Washington to Boston to Arizona and California. Its corporate headquarters are in San Francisco. More information about WestEd is available at