Biography of Provost Lily Young

Lily YoungAs provost, Dr. Young works with the Chancellor and with New Brunswick deans and directors to strategically recruit, promote, and develop New Brunswick faculty. Among other duties, Provost Young oversees a new program for faculty excellence that centralizes and enhances faculty supports at every stage of a faculty member’s career at Rutgers.

Dr. Young brings remarkable talent and deep academic and administrative experience to this important new position. Highly accomplished in her scientific field and extremely well regarded throughout the Rutgers community, she is also knowledgeable about all facets of faculty work across New Brunswick through her many years of service on the university’s Promotion Review Committee.

A member of the Rutgers faculty since 1992, Professor Young holds a Ph.D. in environmental microbiology from Harvard and bachelor’s and master’s degrees in bacteriology from Cornell. Before coming to Rutgers, she taught at Harvard, Cornell, Stanford, and New York University Medical Center.

While at the School of Environmental & Biological Sciences, Dr. Young served as chair of the Department of Environmental Sciences and associate dean for graduate programs before becoming dean of international programs in 2008. Outside of Rutgers, she has served on a wide array of advisory and oversight committees for national agencies and organizations.

Dr. Young is a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and the American Academy of Microbiology, and has held numerous positions in the American Society for Microbiology. She has been awarded 40 grants for her research at Rutgers, totaling more than $18 million; she will continue to conduct her research in addition to carrying out her duties as provost.