Dr. Paul G. Young, Ph.D., has worked as a high school band director, elementary and junior high classroom teacher (grades 4, 5, and 7), nearly 20 years as an elementary school principal, and as an executive director of an afterschool program, all near the area of Lancaster, Ohio. For more than 45 years he has also served as an adjunct professor of music classes at Ohio University-Lancaster campus. He holds a bachelor and master’s degrees in music from the Ohio University School of Music. His doctorate, in Educational Administration, is also from Ohio University, Athens, Ohio.

He served in leadership roles with both the National Association of Elementary School Principals (NAESP) and the National AfterSchool Association (NAA). He was elected as president of the 30,000-member NAESP in 2002-2003. He served as a member of the NAA Board of Directors starting in 2008 before becoming NAA’s President and CEO in 2010. He retired from association work in 2012. He has written extensively on the topic of school and afterschool alignment, led training workshops throughout the country, and played an influential role in the development of practical, evidence-based alignment strategies for school leaders and afterschool professionals. He is the author of several books for principals, music teachers, and afterschool professionals.

Dr. Young and his wife, Gertrude, a retired music teacher, live in Lancaster, Ohio.


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