William G. Young ’76
DISTINGUISHED ALUMNI AWARD
Presented to an Albright alumnus/a or alumni couple for outstanding service and accomplishments in at least one of the following areas: community, state, nation, church, profession, academic and/or service organizations.
William G. Young ’76 is a technical advisor at DynCorp International Global Consulting Services and former adjunct policy analyst at the RAND Corporation, where he specialized in research and public policy in counterterrorism and intelligence community concerns.
Prior to his retirement in 2011, Young spent more than 31 years managing and leading intelligence collection operations for the National Clandestine Service. He spent most of his career in the Middle East and South Asia working on counterterrorism, counterinsurgency and counterproliferation issues. Young also served in the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI) as the intelligence community’s mission manager for Yemen and Somalia and as the national intelligence manager for Yemen. Prior to his work for the ODNI, he was the Director of the Operations Technology Office at CIA.
A skilled negotiator, writer and public speaker, Young has a long history of interactions with the White House and other senior policy makers, Congress and the United States military. He speaks fluent Arabic and has substantive knowledge of the oil industry in the Middle East. His publications have appeared in Newsweek, USA Today and U.S. News & World Report.
While a student at Albright College, Young served as Sargent at Arms of the Tau Kappa Epsilon fraternity. He graduated in 1976 with a Bachelor of Arts degree, majoring in history. From Albright, he went on to New York University, where he obtained a Master of Arts degree in political science and then to Columbia University, where he earned a Master of Philosophy degree in political science.