Roy Brent Young


OHS Class of 1978

Roy Brent Young graduated from Olathe High School in 1978. When he served as class president, he displayed early-on his ability to establish and accomplish high goals. He has garnered many awards throughout the years, but states, “My most cherished award to this day is being named the 1978 Prof  Wilson Outstanding Senior Boy and my most important leadership position was serving as the 1977-78 Olathe FFA Chapter President. I’m really just a farm kid that likes school.”

Young married classmate Karla Roberts and is very proud that they are celebrating their 35th wedding anniversary in May. They are the proud parents of three children and grandparents to seven grandchildren.

Young is currently a professor at North Dakota State University, having taught graduate and under graduate courses related to Agriculture, Extension Education and Educational Research, among other things.

He received his B.S. in Vocational Agriculture at Colorado State University in 1982 and became the Vocational Ag teacher at Wiggins High School until June, 1984. He also served as a Young Farmers Instructor at Northeastern Junior College in Sterling, as well as coordinating an agriculture adult education program.

From 1984-85, Young taught at Paonia High School. He received his M.Ed at CSU in 1986 while teaching Plant and Animal Technology at Poudre High School in Ft. Collins and being a Graduate Teaching Assistant at the University.

He became the coordinator of Production Agriculture at Northeastern Junior College from 1986-89. While being a lecturer at Mesa State in Grand Junction from January to August, 1990, he taught courses in agricultural mechanics and farm and ranch management. He then became an Agriscience teacher at Fruita Monument High School until 1994. He was very involved with the FFA Chapter and coached several award-winning CDE teams. He was named Colorado Agriscience Teacher of the Year in both 1993 and 1994.

Young served as Area Agent in the Tri-River Area for Colorado State University from 1994-2000, winning national honors. He became responsible for 4-H Youth Development from 2000-2003.

He then decided to go for his doctorate in Agriculture Education at Oklahoma State. While there, he served as a Graduate Teaching Associate and Graduate Research Associate in Agriculture Education, Communications and 4-H Youth Development. He was also Project Coordinator of the Math in Career and Technology Education research project. He earned his doctorate in Agriculture Education  from Oklahoma State in May, 2006.

Young has served on numerous graduate committees. He has been involved a dozen times as a project director for  research, grantsmanship and extramural funding with a success rate to the tune of $1,658,037. He has served as chairman, lead facilitator, coordinator, and judge in his profession and contributed heavily to University, College and Departmental Services. He is well-known for his Journal articles and professional presentations. He won the “Outstanding JSAER Article Award” in 2008.

Awards have been numerous as well for Young. Among them are the 2010 Honorary State FFA Degree, North Dakota FFA Assoc.; Williams Outstanding Dissertation Award, Oklahoma State; Exceptional Contributions as an Emerging Researcher, North Dakota State University; Fellow, Robberson Research Fellowship, OSU; Joel E. Mack Award for Outstanding Instruction, Northeaster Junior College; Teaching Award of Merit, National Association of Colleges and Teachers of Agriculture; Governor’s Award for Excellence in Education.