Bob Young sees CEO role at Southeastern Natural Sciences Academy as a 'natural fit'

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At 64, former Augusta Mayor Bob Young sees his newest job as the final rung on a long and varied career ladder.

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Former Augusta Mayor Bob Young, seen here on the board walk at Phinizy Swamp Nature Park, will soon begin his job as president and CEO of the Southeastern Natural Sciences Academy.      MICHAEL HOLAHAN/STAFF
MICHAEL HOLAHAN/STAFF
Former Augusta Mayor Bob Young, seen here on the board walk at Phinizy Swamp Nature Park, will soon begin his job as president and CEO of the Southeastern Natural Sciences Academy.

“You could say I’m back in the water game, so to speak,” said the new president and chief executive officer of Southeastern Natural Sciences Academy.

The nonprofit research and educational institution, which also operates Phinizy Swamp Nature Park, recruited the former journalist, politician and bureaucrat from his most recent stint with the U.S. Department of Defense Dependent Schools in Beaufort, S.C. He starts work Nov. 1.

“I’m just learning my way around,” he said Friday, during a visit to the academy’s campus near Augusta Regional Airport. “I don’t even know where all the boardwalks go yet.”

Young said he is more of a conservationist than an environmentalist, with a long-standing interest in water issues and their political and financial effects.

The academy’s mission, which includes leadership to balance environmental sustainability through research and education, conforms to his ideals and philosophies.

“It’s a natural fit with what the academy is doing with water issues in the Savannah River Basin,” he said. “It is becoming more and more apparent that there will be consequences upstream for decisions that are being made downstream.”

As mayor, Young was involved in water issues including controversial discussions of interbasin transfers that could move water from the Savannah to other areas. He was also involved with expansions of the city’s wastewater programs that have improved water quality.

The academy, through its studies of urban impacts on rivers, can help shape future water policy in Georgia and beyond, he said.

Another role he is likely to help fulfil is fundraising for an organization that relies heavily on grants and the generosity of the public.

“Like any nonprofit, the academy is challenged to be a financially viable institution,” he said.

“Part of my assignment is to develop a sustainable business model, expand the brand and expand our outreach to folks who are not typically aware of our organization.”

Young’s six-year tenure as mayor, which ended in 2005, came after a long career in broadcast journalism. After leaving elected office, he served as regional director – and later as an assistant deputy secretary – for the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. He also accepted an appointment from President George W. Bush to the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation.

In more recent years, he wrote a novel, The Treasure Train, to be published this fall. It is set during the closing days of the Civil War, in a location near Augusta.

Despite rumors to the contrary, Young said he will never run for political office again: “For me, the closest thing to future elections will be as a voter.”

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cityman
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cityman 09/17/11 - 08:13 am
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How much is Young paid ? Does
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How much is Young paid ? Does any of his salary come from Richmond County Tax payers?

cityman
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cityman 09/17/11 - 08:18 am
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CEOs' are compansated like
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CEOs' are compansated like royalty. This is a problem. Here is where equality and wealth redistrubution needs fine tuning.

Riverman1
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Riverman1 09/17/11 - 09:11 am
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When Bob Young is in the

When Bob Young is in the nursing home, they'll put him in charge of saying the blessing...after he politics for it.

Willow Bailey
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Willow Bailey 09/17/11 - 10:39 am
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Congratulations on your new

Congratulations on your new position and novel, Bob. Hope everything is going well for your family.

Craig Spinks
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Craig Spinks 09/17/11 - 11:04 am
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Riverman1, Bob qualifies to

Riverman1,

Bob qualifies to be placed in charge of excrement disposal at a cattle feedlot (After all, do you know anyone who has produced more BS and ridded himself of it?).

Or the Self-Promotion Committee of the American Egoists Association.

Or the Candid Camera Subcommittee of the American Society of Photographers.

thewiz0oz
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thewiz0oz 09/17/11 - 12:05 pm
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You are right, Cityman - CEOs

You are right, Cityman - CEOs are treated like r,oyality- just ask the King of France at the end of the 18th Century just before his head was removed - successful CEOs do well, unsuccessful ones do not.

allhans
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allhans 09/17/11 - 12:48 pm
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WGAC Car 2 for how long?

WGAC Car 2 for how long? Good training.:)

commonsense-is-endangere
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commonsense-is-endangere 09/17/11 - 01:57 pm
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Has he ever had to work for a

Has he ever had to work for a living?

paulwheeler
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paulwheeler 09/17/11 - 06:54 pm
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"Take that E-Z-Go!"

"Take that E-Z-Go!"

Riverman1
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Riverman1 09/17/11 - 09:45 pm
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Interesting how these

Interesting how these comments by all of us are so negative and the other day they were so positive about Moses Todd.

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