The Center on Education and Training for Employment (CETE) honors all African Americans. We want to celebrate those trailblazers at Ohio State University, who have paved the way for future generations.

Willie J. Young, Sr: A Trailblazing Champion for Students

Willie J. Young, Sr. was a beloved figure at The Ohio State University (OSU) for 26 years. He earned a master’s degree at Bowling Green in student services before joining OSU in 1990. He was promoted to senior director of Off-Campus and Commuter Services in 1998. He was more than a director. He was a trusted friend, advisor, and advocate for students.

Beyond academics, Young understood the crucial role that living environments play in student well-being. He served as a source of stability and support for countless students navigating campus life, from replacing broken computers to advocating with professors during medical emergencies.

Known for his kindness and humor, Young also possessed a firm hand when needed. He gently guided students and diplomatically communicated with administration, always encouraging reflection and understanding.

Above all, Willie J. Young, Sr. made everyone feel valued and heard. His legacy lives on in the countless lives he touched at OSU.