SFA Vice President Forced Into Retirement

Dr. Marlin Young
Dr. Marlin Young

In the last two years four vice presidents at Stephen F Austin State University have left their jobs. This week another learned he'll soon be leaving. Dr. Marlin Young, Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs was asked to step down. The educator has served SFA in various positions for forty years. He has agreed to retire. At the end of the week Young will not report to work. No reason for the change was given by SFA President Dr Baker Patillo.

Following SFA News Release

Provost Young to retire Aug. 31

Dr. Marlin C. Young, provost and vice president for Academic Affairs at Stephen F. Austin State University, who has served on the faculty and administration since 1967, has announced his intention to retire August 31.

"I have a great respect for the service Dr. Young has given to SFA during his 40 years," said President Dr. Baker Pattillo. "Dr. Young has contributed to strengthening the university through the thousands of students he has taught and his leadership in senior administrative positions."

"I hold in the highest esteem the privilege that I have had to contribute to student achievement in higher education along with the valuable and rewarding relationships that have been developed at SFA and in the Nacogdoches community at large," said Young.

Young began his service to SFA in 1967 as an instructor in the General Business Department in the School of Business. He moved from the classroom to administration to serve as associate dean in the School of Business in 1982. He was named acting dean of the College of Business in 1992 and appointed dean of the college two years later.

Young was named as interim vice president for academic affairs in 2002, associate provost and vice president for academic affairs in 2003, and provost and vice president for academic affairs in 2006. Previously he served as chair of the Faculty Senate in 1983-84.

Among Young's accomplishments was his work to secure initial accreditation from the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business for the College of Business in 1976 and continued reaffirmations through 2008. He also was instrumental in the effort to name the Nelson Rusche College of Business in 2002.

In addition to his service to SFA, Young has been active in the community. He was a member of the Nacogdoches Convention and Visitors Bureau Board of Directors; served as administrative board secretary, trustee and member of the finance committee of the First United Methodist Church of Nacogdoches; and served on the Wesley Foundation board of directors and executive committee. He also established the Marlin C. Young Business Scholar Scholarship through the SFA Alumni Association in 1998.

Born in Lake Creek, Texas, Young graduated from Delmar High School in 1957. He earned a bachelor of business administration degree and master of business administration degree from East Texas State University and a doctorate from Arizona State University. Prior to joining SFA, Young served on the faculty at East Texas Baptist University.