Former Longhorns quarterback Vince Young takes position with UT

Mary Huber

Former Longhorns quarterback Vince Young has accepted a position with the University’s Division of Diversity and Community Engagement beginning on Sept. 1.

Young, who led the football program to the 2005 national championship, graduated from the University in 2013 with a bachelor’s degree in applied learning and development.

“After Vince finished his degree, he was looking for some opportunities to serve his alma mater,” Gregory Vincent, vice president for diversity and community engagement, said. “It was just a really good meeting of the minds.”

Young will be working with alumni of division programs to help raise money for initiatives that promote educational success for first-generation college students and students from low-income backgrounds, such as the University Interscholastic League, UT Elementary and charter schools. His starting salary is $100,000 per year.

“The position with DDCE is a great way to stay connected to the University and help make a difference in the lives of underserved kids across the state,” Young said in a statement.

The Division of Diversity and Community Engagement works to create an inclusive environment for people of all backgrounds on the University campus and builds partnerships within the community to achieve this goal.

Vincent said Young is particularly passionate about the opportunity because he will be representing students from a background similar to his own — Young was the first person in his family to go to college.

In February, Young participated in "The Project," a community service event organized by the division.

“He’s been a wonderful partner and ambassador,” Vincent said.