Jerry S. Young began working as the new president for the Tennessee College of Applied Technology Morristown on May 1. Young began his career with the TBR System in 1988 as the senior instructor in the Electronics Technology Program at the Crossville campus. He served as vice president there from 2005 until his appointment as the president of Crossville. As President, he took on many initiatives to expand the school’s capabilities which included opening the school’s first truck driving program, beginning training in the state’s first hybrid electric vehicle program, and initiated a capital building project that will add a diesel repair program and expand existing programs. During his three-year tenure as President, the school's enrollment increased by over 30 percent as well as maintained an 85% completion rate and an 85% placement rate. As an instructor, he was recognized as Technical Teacher of the year in Tennessee as well as ATEA’s technical teacher of the year in the gulf coast region and nominated for national honors. Before beginning his career with TBR he served in the U.S. Navy as an Electronics Technician for 5 years, 3 of which he was deployed for overseas operations. After leaving the Navy he worked as a Field Service Engineer with Combustion Engineering. Young is a native of White County and a 1977 graduate from White County High School. He and his wife Gail now reside in the Morristown area. They have two daughters; Jennifer Young Wyatt and Dr. Emilie Young Cook as well as two grandchildren. He is the son of long time White County resident Lester Young and the late Cleo Young. He is a member of the Sparta Masonic Lodge.
“When I began my career with TBR 28 years ago, the staff at TCAT Morristown were some of the first to reach out and offer assistance. I had multiple opportunities to visit the campus over the years and developed many friendships. I have always felt connected to TCAT Morristown and am very excited to be a part of this campus and community.”
Young holds a master’s degree from the University of the Cumberlands in Kentucky, a Bachelor of Science degree from Excelsior College in New York, and an Electronics Technician Certification from the Great Lakes (IL) Naval Training Center. He has served on Tennessee’s Complete College America Task Force and the Tennessee Veterans Education Committee. He is a member of the TCAT sub council and served as the chair of the east Tennessee Directors. In a recent newsletter, he stated
“Being involved with higher education during the creation of the Tennessee Promise and Reconnect programs may be the most exciting time in my career. There now exist opportunities for every Tennessean to pursue higher education tuition free. I believe this initiative will result in Tennessee having the highest college credentialed workforce in America and will continue to drive the state’s economic development. I am honored to be a part of the Tennessee Board of Regents and president at TCAT Morristown.”