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Interim County Administrator Paula Younger to Become Executive Director for Government and Community Relations at Ithaca College

Wednesday, December 20, 2017

Paula E.F. Younger, who has served as Deputy County Administrator of Tompkins County for the past eleven years and as Interim County Administrator since mid-November, will leave county government as of January 10th to become Executive Director for Government and Community Relations at Ithaca College. In her new position, Younger will represent the Office of the President to support the college’s government and community relations efforts.

“I am sincerely honored to be selected for the position of Executive Director for Government and Community Relations for Ithaca College and I appreciate the confidence place in me by President Shirley Collado and the members of the IC senior leadership team,” Ms. Younger said. “This is indeed an incredible opportunity to continue to support my community in a new and exciting way, and I am ready to get started—because I’ve had such good preparation!

“It has been a pleasure serving as Deputy County Administrator and Interim Administrator,” Younger continued. “When accepting the position eleven years ago, I anticipated a role that would be stimulating, challenging, and rewarding—and I have not been disappointed. And I am expecting the same as I transition to Ithaca College, an outstanding institution of higher learning with a new President who has exceptional vision for the school’s future—which includes the role of active community partner. It is an exciting time for us all.”

“This is a position that is necessary and timely, and reflects an emerging strategic need,” President Collado noted. “I am excited to welcome Paula to Ithaca College, where she will help manage key initiatives shared between my office and the offices of our vice presidents and many campus leaders, and will be charged with developing and maintaining relationships that promote strong and productive collaborations between the college and the local community as well as state and federal governments.”

As Deputy County Administrator since 2006, Paula Younger has played a key role in oversight of day-to-day operations encompassing the County’s 27 departments. Her many accomplishments include leading establishment of the County’s first Diversity and Inclusion Policy, grant development to help start the Greater Tompkins County Municipal Health Insurance Consortium, facilitating a county-wide effort to expand broadband Internet service, and initiating Tompkins County’s comprehensive corporate compliance program.

At the December 19th meeting of the Tompkins County Legislature, Chair Michael Lane thanked administrator Younger for her many contributions to Tompkins County government. “We certainly appreciate what you have been doing for us every day,” he said.

“I am genuinely touched by the well-wishes received from my county government colleagues, Legislators, and community members,” Younger said. “I deeply appreciate the support and encouragement I have received, and the opportunity to serve in Tompkins County government over these many years. This is not the final chapter, but the continuation of a great story.”