Willie James Young Jr. was recently named the new director of alumni affairs at Mississippi Valley State University. Most recently, Young has worked as the personnel director for the Greenwood Public School District, a position he held from July 2003 until June of this year.
A native of Greenwood, Young began his professional career in 1980 in Greenwood at Republic Finance Inc., where he eventually became a branch manager. In 1992, he became the owner and manager of C&W Collection Services and an independent associate for Pre-Paid Legal Services (now LegalShield) in 1998. He has worked as a lead counselor with Three Rivers Community Economic Development Corporation’s Leflore County Juvenile Report Center in 2001-2002 and as director of the Education and Training Institute’s Leflore County Fatherhood Initiative Program from 2002-2003. He served as head coach of the Greenwood High School baseball team during the 2003 season.
Young graduated with honors in 1980 from Mississippi Valley State University with a bachelor’s degree in fine arts. While at MVSU, he was captain of the MVSU baseball team and the Most Valuable Player during the 1980 season. He was also a member of Alpha Chi National Honor Society.
He has served as co-founder of the Davis School Male Mentor Program, president of the Davis School Parent Teacher Association, a member of the Greenwood Public Schools Strategic Planning Committee and coach/secretary-treasurer of the New Stone Street Baseball League. Young is a member of Salem Missionary Baptist Church, where he serves as superintendent of the Sunday school.
An avid baseball fan, Young enjoys hunting, fishing, baseball, golf and cooking in his spare time. He and his wife, Wanda, are the parents of two adult children, Courtney JeLecia and Willie III. He is the son of the late Willie J. Young Sr. and Mary Young of Greenwood.