dCEC Welcomes David Younger as Student Formation Program Manager

Author: Kenneth Hallenius

David Younger

The de Nicola Center for Ethics and Culture is pleased to welcome David Younger to the staff as its new Student Formation Program Manager, where he will oversee the more than 300 undergraduate, graduate, and professional students affiliated with the dCEC through its highly successful Sorin Fellows Program.

“Dave’s years of experience working with students, his extensive network at the University and beyond, and his extraordinary commitment to Notre Dame’s mission to educate the heart as well as the mind are wonderful assets that he will put at the service of our Sorin Fellows,” said O. Carter Snead, director of the de Nicola Center for Ethics and Culture. “Dave has been a valuable partner and good friend of the de Nicola Center for a number of years, and we are excited to officially welcome him to the team.”

Younger is moving to the dCEC after spending more than 13 years at Notre Dame International, where he directed many of the University’s study abroad programs, served as liaison between study abroad students and the University’s research institutes, developed research partnerships and bilateral exchange agreements with international institutions, provided advising for visiting international exchange students, and managed undergraduate advising for study abroad students. Younger was also awarded a Fulbright Program grant to establish and develop partnerships in India in December 2019. Prior to joining Notre Dame, he held similar positions in study abroad offices at Pennsylvania State University and at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis, for a combined total of more than 20 years in international education.

“Having been part of the de Nicola Center community for many years, I am thrilled to join the professional and highly dedicated dCEC team,” said Younger. “I’m excited to build upon the vision of integral formation in the Catholic tradition that my predecessor Pete Hlabse established, and I’m looking forward to developing new opportunities for academic research, spiritual formation, professional development, and vocational discernment for the dCEC’s Sorin Fellows and alumni.”

Younger holds an M.S. in Higher Education with a concentration in Student Affairs from Indiana University and a B.A. in Social Work from Franciscan University of Steubenville. Following his undergraduate studies, he worked and resided in Gaming, Austria, where he met his wife Suzy and they served as Residence Directors for Franciscan’s study abroad program. The Younger family has long been associated with the de Nicola Center, and Dave and his bagpipes are a well-known and loved part of game days during the Notre Dame football season. Younger will join the dCEC team on December 6, 2021.