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KC’s Young receives national business award

Published: Wednesday, Nov. 20, 2013 5:30 a.m. CDT

Beth Young, dean of Business Affairs at Kishwaukee College, has been named as a recipient of the Outstanding Business Officer Award from the Community College Business Officers, a national organization of business professionals in higher education.  

“I am truly honored to be nominated and to receive such a prestigious award. I really did not think I had a chance of winning, so this is truly a pleasant surprise,” she said in a news release.

As dean of Business Affairs, Young directly manages all Business Office functions for Kishwaukee College as well as the Copy Center and Mail Services. Her role involves not only typical business office functions that involve college finances, but also directly impacts students at the college who pay their tuition and fees through the Business Office.  

Rob Galick, vice president of Finance and Administration, is Young’s direct supervisor. He nominated her for the CCBO Award at the state level – which she received in the summer. Individual state winners were then automatically nominated for the national award.

“It feels great to know that Rob noticed all the hard work and dedication that I have for my responsibilities,” she said in the release. “I also have to thank Rob for believing in me and for being my mentor at Kishwaukee College. I am able to do what I do today due to the leadership of Rob and the hard work of the Business Office staff.”

Earlier this year, Young was recognized as being the primary person responsible for the creation of the college’s first-ever Comprehensive Annual Financial Report for Fiscal Year 2012. The college received the Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting by the Government Finance Officers Association of the U.S. and Canada in April for the CAFR.  

Young is active in the Community College Chief Financial Officers professional community and is a member of the National Association of College and University Business Officers, Central Association of College and University Business Officers, and Community College Business Officers. Young also serves on the board of directors of the DeKalb Chamber of Commerce and she and her husband are active in St. Mary Parish in DeKalb where they have coordinated the annual September Fest fundraiser.

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