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Young promoted to assistant vice president at Manchester University

Alexis YoungEffective Jan. 1, Alexis Young will become assistant vice president for facilities and auxiliary services at Manchester University. 

“Alexis has demonstrated a high level of leadership on both of Manchester’s campuses as well as in the Wabash County community for the past several years.  Her focus on detail and a customer-centered approach are the reasons she finds herself in this position today,” said Clair Knapp, chief business officer and vice president for finance. “I look forward to seeing the impact she will have not only on the University but the entire community. This promotion is well-deserved.”

Young is currently serving as senior director of auxiliary services and has had a number of roles at Manchester in her 14 years there.

Young began at MU in 2006 as the assistant event specialist in conference services and the academic liaison in admissions. She was appointed director of conference services in 2008 and stepped back in 2011 from her admissions work. 

In 2017, Young was appointed senior director of auxiliary services, responsible for conference services, dining services, the campus store and printing services. Young currently oversees University-sponsored events, camps, conferences, workshops, seminars and use of University facilities. In her new role, she adds the maintenance, grounds and custodial departments to her area of supervision. 

“I’m extremely honored and excited to take on this new role,” Young said. “I’ve been working alongside these departments for several years. I’m looking forward to building on that foundation and working closer together with the staff.”   

In 2016, she was the first recipient to be honored with the Christopher W. Garber Staff Member of the Year.

“One of the aspects of my conference services job that I enjoy the most is finding different ways to unite the University and the North Manchester community. Sometimes this is as simple as offering available facility space for community events, and in other cases more complex such as planning an event for up to 2,000  local children” she said. 

MU has a variety of spaces that can serve large events such as recitals, galas, weddings, athletic tournaments and other private events.  “I’m proud of the care our staff puts into the maintenance of our buildings, so that the conference services staff can provide the best possible facilities for our customers,” Young said. 

Young has coordinated Walk Into My Future on the North Manchester campus each year since its inception in 2013. The annual event has brought thousands of elementary school students to the school for a taste of what college is like.

“My favorite event every year is the Walk Into My Future. I love having the opportunity to host Wabash County youth on campus and the opportunity to work with educators from all over our county,” Young said. “There is so much excitement during this event from the elementary students to the University students and employees.”

Young is a native of North Manchester and a graduate of Ball State University. She and her husband, Gary, live in North Manchester and have four children, Lincoln, Christian, Bella and Eden.
She was a board member and president of what is now Visit Wabash County, and of the North Manchester Chamber of Commerce before it became Manchester Alive; a member of the Wabash County YMCA Board of Directors; and a coordinator of the annual Independence Day Celebration and Fireworks Display hosted by MU.
 “It has been a pleasure for me to be active in our community and to find ways to connect other community members and organizations in meaningful ways with the University,” Young said. “I’m honored to currently be a part of a group organized by President Dave McFadden that helps promote collaboration and strengthen communication between the town of North Manchester and the University.” 

“This opportunity is very personal for me as I spent years learning about this role from my mentor, Chris Garber. I hope to lead with some of the same excitement and passion he had for MU and the North Manchester community.”

For the media
Alexis Young contact information: adyoung@manchester.edu

About Manchester
With campuses in North Manchester and Fort Wayne, Ind., Manchester University offers more than 70 areas of academic study to 1,400 students in undergraduate programs,a Master of Accountancy, a Master of Science in pharmacogenomics, a Master of Athletic Training a four-year professional Doctor of Pharmacy degree and a four-year dual degree in pharmacy and pharmacogenomics. Learn more about the private, northern Indiana school at www.manchester.edu

Our mission
Manchester University respects the infinite worth of every individual and graduates persons of ability and conviction who draw upon their education and faith to lead principled, productive, and compassionate lives that improve the human condition.

December 2019