Young, Mr. Jonathan
Director of Corporate Relations and Academic Advisor
Phone: (804) 524-5987
Location: Singleton Hall, Room 111
Jonathan M. Young is Director of Corporate Relations at the Reginald F. Lewis School of Business at Virginia State University (VSU). Young's responsibilities include initiating, cultivating, and strengthening relationships with industry for the purpose of business/academic collaboration.
In his tenure at VSU including in corporate development, Jonathan has developed innovative new market-driven programs including most recently two initiatives; Project Shadow and Small-Group Role Play, both facilitated by industry. Aimed at increasing students' exposure to industry, both programs refine "soft skills", increase career awareness, and develop "real world" skill-sets not often learned in a traditional classroom. Young has now created and coordinated five new industry advisory boards that provide consultation pertinent to among other action items, curriculum development that meet the needs of 21st century business. Jonathan secured funding for and then created and coordinated an online continuing education program for professionals pertinent to supply-chain management. He has developed and hosted scores of events on campus including SunTrust Economic Forecasting Forums, Robot Rumble, Diversity in NASCAR, Institute for Supply Management and Society of Human Resource Management conferences, RichTech and Gateway Region forums, etc. Young has successfully secured tens of thousands of dollars of new industry investment and has developed a portfolio of over 500 companies that regularly participate in VSU programs.
Prior to joining VSU, Jonathan Young was a Director in the Office of the Governor for the Commonwealth of Virginia. He earned his Bachelor of Arts degree from the College of William and Mary and his Master's in Public Administration from Virginia Commonwealth University. He serves on several Boards of Directors including the Chesterfield County Chamber of Commerce, Red Cross for Southside Virginia, Crater Hospice, and Southampton Citizen's Association.