2011 Alumna of the Year - Linda Harris-Young, PhD

Linda Harris-Young, PhD, is a professor of microbiology and environmental science at Motlow State Community College located in Lynchburg, Tennessee. Her professional career has included medical technology and shellfish quality research at both the Environmental Protection Agency in Ohio and the Food and Drug Administration on Dauphin Island, Alabama with a primary focus on pathogenic bacteria in raw oysters.

Dr. Harris-Young received her bachelor’s degree from the University of California and master’s degree from the University of Alabama at Huntsville. In 1992, while serving on the faculty at Jacksonville State University, she completed her PhD from UAB in environmental health science.

Given her research background and academic credentials, it is not surprising that her passion is teaching students who are planning careers in the medical and environmental fields. A loved and respected educator by her students and colleagues, Young-Harris has received the Motlow College Faculty Excellence Award twice and has been nominated three additional times.

During the last 20 years, Dr. Harris-Young has served her community on various health-related activities including the Middle Tennessee HIV Prevention Committee and the Coffee County Health Council. She has received several environmental grants from leading groups such as Learn and Serve America, National Marine Fisheries, and an Eisenhower Teaching Grant. Also, she served on the board of directors of the Hands-on Science Center in Tullahoma, Tennessee for eight years. She and husband, Dr. Ronald Young, a retired NASA scientist, raise beef cattle on a farm in Moore County, Tennessee.



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