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Vince Young to Work for University of Texas

Aug 14 2014, 6:47pm CDT | by , in News | Latest Sports News

Vince Young to Work for University of Texas
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Former NFL and Texas Longhorns quarterback Vince Young is set to work for his alma mater as a development officer.

Former NFL and Texas Longhorns quarterback Vince Young is set to work for his alma mater as a development officer. 

The Longhorns' official website issued a press release on Young's hire on Aug. 14:

"Former quarterback Vince Young, who led the team to the 2005 BCS National Championship, is returning to the University of Texas to work for the Division of Diversity and Community Engagement (DDCE). 

"Beginning on Sept. 1, Young will serve as development officer for program alumni relations. He will help raise money to support DDCE programs that address the educational challenges of first-generation college students and students from low-income backgrounds. 

"These programs include the Longhorn Center for Academic Excellence, which is part of the univesity's four-year graduation initiative; UT Elemetary School; the University Interscholastic League (UIL); and the UT-University Charter School, which has units throughout the state. 

"Vince's passion for the educational success of young people and his experiences as a first-generation college graduate make him a perfect fit for this role,' said Gregory J. Vincent, vice president for diversity and community engagement. 'We are excited about the enthusiasm and skill set he is bringing to our team and look forward to working with Vince.'

"DDCE works to create an inclusive, accessible and welcoming culture on campus; cultivate community-university partnerships, with an emphasis on historically and currently undeserved communities; create a successful pathway for first-generation and underrepresented students; and serve as a national model for diversity and community engagement through innovative scholarship, teaching, policy development, programs and services. 

"Young has been involved with DDCE programs for years. He participated in UIL competitions while growing up in Houston and volunteered with the Neighborhood Longhorns Program as a student. 

"'The position with DDCE is a great way to stay connected to the university and help make a difference in the lives of undeserved kids across the state,' said Young. 

"Young led the football team to the national title by downing USC, 41-38, in the 2006 Rose Bowl and played in the NFL for six seasons. He earned a bachelor's degree in applied learning and development in 2013." 

According to Brian Davis of The Austin American-Statesman, Young will earn $100,000 annually in his new role:

"Former Texas quarterback Vince Young has been hired by the university to work with the Divsion of Diversity and Community Engagement, the school announced Thursday. 

"Young, who starts Sept. 1, will help with alumni relations and focus on programs that support first-generation college students from low-income backgrounds. 

"As early as last spring, Young had started conversations with university administrators about a job outside of the athletic department. The American-Statesman reported on Aug. 4 that Young was close to finalizing the position that would pay him $100,000 annually. 

"Athletic department officials have always maintained this job was on the university side. But Young is such a widely-recognized personally on the UT campus, it's likely he'll continue to make appearances at football events." 

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