Academic Dean and Assistant Vice President for Academic Operations
Rick Young was the Chair of the Emergency Management and Exercise Science Division and Program Director of the International Rescue and Relief Program for 9 years. Rick has 32 years’ experience in law enforcement where he developed an expertise in working with gang members, troubled youth, child abuse, juvenile substance abuse, and creating a safe school environment. Rick was a Cadre member for the CA Attorney General’s School/Law Enforcement Partnership, where he traveled around the state for 15 years helping troubled School Districts. After the Columbine School shooting in Colorado, Rick was selected by the CA Governor to sit on a 13 member school violence prevention and response task force.
Rick also worked at Stetson Creek Scout Ranch for 8 summers as a teenager, starting as a lifeguard, teaching swimming, life-guarding, rowing and canoeing before becoming the camp’s Program Director. Rick then became the year-round Camp Director for two years before heading off to college. Upon retiring as a Police Lieutenant, Rick was the Camp Manager at Camp Cedar Falls in Southern California for three years. Rick believes God prepared him for and led him to the International Rescue and Relief program director position in 2011.
Rick has gone to India for 5 weeks where he taught at the Karnataka State Police Academy. He also spent 3 weeks in Columbia, South America. He has also enjoyed numerous trips to Mexico, Nicaragua, India and Nepal.
Rick considers himself a jack-of-all-trades and master of none. Rick was driving tractors and bulldozers, helping build water systems, and roofing since the age of 14. Rick enjoys camping, hiking, cross country skiing, tinkering around the house, gardening and time with his family. His favorite place in the world is Yosemite National Park.
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