DARROCH "ROCKY" YOUNG retired as Chancellor of the Los Angeles Community College District on July 31, 2007 and began the next chapter of his life as the Chief Consultant of the Collegiate Brain Trust. Since helping to form CBT, Rocky has served as the team leader and/or lead consultant on numerous projects including ones for the College of Western Idaho, the West Valley – Mission Community College District, the San Jose – Evergreen Community College District and the Compton Community Educational Center.
While serving as Chancellor of the Los Angeles Community Colleges, Rocky initiated the first formal Strategic Planning effort in the District’s history. Under Rocky’s leadership the District solved its financial problems – it went from being on the Chancellor’s Watch List to having an ending balance in excess of 11% at his time of retirement and created a model for dealing with the unfunded liability of retiree health benefits.
Rocky also served as President of Pierce College for nearly five years. Under his leadership, the college increased its enrollment by 51%, making it one of the fastest growing community colleges in California. He also helped to create numerous innovative partnerships for the college, repair its financial condition and create a positive relationship with the surrounding community.
Prior to coming to Pierce College, Rocky Young served for 13 years as Vice President of Academic and Student Affairs and Vice President of Planning and Development at Santa Monica College. He started at Santa Monica College as a faculty member and eventually progressed through being a department chair and dean before assuming the vice presidency.
Rocky was awarded the 2007 Harry Buttimer Distinguished Administrator Award, the 2003 Pacesetter of the Year by the National Council of Marketing and Public Relations, the 1998 ACCCA Leadership Award for Administrative Excellence in California Community Colleges, a 1998 CCLC Award for the Creation of the High School Concurrent Enrollment Program, the 1997 RBI Award for Education Contributions, and the 1997 CCLC Award for the Creation of the Academy of Entertainment and Technology.