SOUTH HADLEY – Dr. Nicholas Young South of Hadley, former Superintendent of the South Hadley Public School District, worked in diverse educational roles for more than three decades, serving as a teacher, guidance counselor, principal, special education director, graduate professor, graduate program director, graduate dean, and long-time superintendent of schools. He was named the Massachusetts Superintendent of the Year; and he completed a distinguished Fulbright program focused on the Japanese educational system through the collegiate level. Dr. Young is the recipient of numerous other honors and recognitions including the General Douglas MacArthur Award for distinguished civilian and military leadership and the Vice Admiral John T. Hayward Award for exemplary scholarship. He holds several graduate degrees including a PhD in educational administration and an EdD in educational psychology.
Dr. Young served in the U.S. Army and U.S. Army Reserves combined for over 36 years; and he graduated with distinction from the U.S. Air War College, the U.S. Army War College, and the U.S. Navy War College. After completing a series of senior leadership assignments in the U.S. Army Reserves as the commanding officer of the 287th Medical Company (DS), the 405th Area Support Company (DS), the 405th Combat Support Hospital, and the 399th Combat Support Hospital, before he transitioned to his final military position as a faculty instructor at the U.S. Army War College in Carlisle, PA. He retired with the rank of Colonel. He was awarded three Meritorious Service Medals and the extremely distinguished Legion of Merit for “exceptionally meritorious conduct I the performance of outstanding services and achievement.”
Dr. Nicholas Young is perhaps best known as one of the most prodigious writers in education of his generation. He has written many books, book chapters, and/or articles on various topics in education, counseling, and psychology. Some of his most recent books include Maximizing Mental Health (2020) Masculinity in the Making: Managing the Transition to Manhood (2020); The Special Education Toolbox: Supporting Exceptional Teachers, Students, and Families (2019); Sounding the Alarm in the Schoolhouse: Safety, Security and Student Well-Being (2019) along with dozens of other books. Nicholas Young also co-authored several children’s books to include the popular series I am Full of Possibilities.
South Hadley Superintendent Nicholas Young is pleased to have won the much sought after “Massachusetts Superintendent Of The Year Award.”
The Executive Director of the state association Thomas Scott, stated that Nicholas Young “is an extraordinary educational leader.”
“I am honored to receive this award for my accomplishments and initiatives while Superintendent at the Hadley School District,” states Dr. Young.
Nicholas Young Superintendent South Hadley, MA for over 9 years. Nicholas Young as a proud member of the Massachusetts State Superintendents Association, this is a great honor.
Nicholas Young also has a long and disguised military career and holds the rank of Colonel. He was recently awarded the Legion Of Merit Medal.
Dr. Nicholas Young is currently the Superintendent of the South Hadley School District and will be retiring shortly.
Nicholas Young South Hadley School District Superintendent lives with his family in South Hadley Mass.
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