Statement issued Monday:
Indianapolis – A long-time member and former board member of the American Civil Liberties Union of Indiana has taken the helm as its interim executive director.
Frank Young of Terre Haute, Ind., is Professor Emeritus of Computer Science and Software Engineering at Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology, and a member of the Technology Accreditation Commission of ABET. He was Head of the Department of Computer Science and Software Engineering at Rose-Hulman from 1987 to 2002. Young earned a B.A. in Mathematics from Haverford College in 1961, and the M.S. and Ph.D. in Mathematics at the University of Pennsylvania in 1963 and 1968. Involved with the ACLU since the 1970s, he served as the Western Region representative to the ACLU of Indiana Board of Directors from 2002 to 2005, and previously served on the board of the ACLU of Illinois.
Young replaced Gilbert Holmes, who was ACLU of Indiana executive director from 2008 until his retirement on March 31. Young takes leadership during a time of expansion for the organization into fundraising and education outreach made possible by a $500,000 gift from the estate of Albert G. and Sara I. Reuben.
“The ACLU has two main tasks. First is the active opposition to unwarranted government actions that violate the U.S. and Indiana Constitutions. The second is ensuring the civil liberties of all individuals are protected, especially individuals who are marginalized by our society because they lack the resources to defend themselves,” said Young. “As a long-time supporter of the ACLU’s efforts in both of these areas, I am honored to serve as the interim director. Helping to further the goals of the ACLU is one of the ways that I express my love of my country and my support of its ideals.”