Dr. Debra Young earned her Ph.D. in English from Tulane University in 1986. Her M.A. in English is from the University of Alabama, and she is a graduate of Mississippi State (B.S. English Education). From 1986 – 1995 she was a member of the English department at the College of Saint Rose in Albany, New York, serving as department chair from 1992-1995. A native Oxonian, Dr. Young came home to Oxford in 1995, working first in the Office of Research and then joining the Honors College in 2000. Initially charged with facilitating the University’s participation in national scholarship competitions, Dr. Young worked with students winning (and not winning) Fulbright, Gates, Goldwater, Mitchell, Marshall, Rhodes, and Udall scholarships. In 2015, she passed “national scholarships” along to Mr. Tim Dolan, and now oversees the SMBHC’s evolving curricular and extracurricular interest in water security, as well as assisting in advising students and overseeing SMBHC efforts to explore 21st-century configurations for honors and 21st-century opportunities for honors students.
Dr. Young cheers for Arsenal.