Kenneth Young has served as the elected Riverside County Superintendent of Schools since 2007. Upon taking office, Superintendent Young has continually focused the collective efforts of the Riverside County Office of Education on its mission of ensuring the success of all students in the county. This translates into every student graduating from high school well prepared for college and the workforce.
He has also served as the Riverside County Deputy Superintendent of Schools, school district Deputy Superintendent, Assistant Superintendent, and Director.
Superintendent Young has taught high school and adult students in both public and private education. Preceding his employment in California’s public school system, he spent 18 years in the field of civil engineering construction, 14 of which he was president and CEO of a private engineering construction firm.
In 2012, Superintendent Young was appointed by State Superintendent Torlakson to Co-chair the state’s Public Schools Accountability Act Advisory Committee. In this capacity, he serves as an advisor to both the State Superintendent and the State Board of Education on the overhaul of the high school Academic Performance Index, aligning it to college and career ready indices.
Under Superintendent Young’s leadership, the Riverside County Office of Education was selected by the State Superintendent and the State Board of Education to be the agent to operate a newly formed state agency; the California Collaborative for Educational Excellence, which is tasked with helping school districts across the state accomplish the student academic goals developed in their Local Control Accountability Plans.
Superintendent Young is a member of the Executive Board of the California County Superintendents Educational Services Association; he is a member of the Cal State University San Bernardino Doctoral Advisory Committee; the Cal Baptist University School of Education Leadership Development Council; the Western Riverside Council of Governments Executive Board and the Board of Directors of the Coachella Valley Economic Partnership. He recently served on the California Inland Empire Council of the Boy Scouts of America Executive Board.
A native of southern California, he and his wife have lived in Riverside County for over 34 years.
Mr. Young will be part of the panel, "The County Office View: What a Difference Commitment Makes."