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Dr. Lu Settles Young

Dr. Lu Settles Young


Lu is a clinical associate professor at the University of Kentucky (UK) in the Department of Educational Leadership Studies, and she is the Executive Director of the UK Center for Next Generation Leadership. She is the program faculty chair for the UK principal preparation program, and she also teaches in the superintendent certification program.

Before coming to UK, Dr. Young served as Chief Academic Officer of Fayette County Public Schools in Lexington, KY, and before that, she was the Superintendent of Jessamine County Schools for nine years. She earned principal and superintendent certifications from the University of Kentucky and holds a doctorate in education leadership from Northern Kentucky University.

Dr. Young was appointed to the Kentucky Board of Education by Governor Andy Beshear in December 2019, and she became board chair in April 2020. She is actively involved with the Kentucky Association of School Superintendents, and she serves on the KY Commonwealth Education Continuum and the Education Commission of the States. Dr. Young was selected as Kentucky’s 2012 Superintendent of the Year.


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