David Young and Barton Edgerton were named Center Education Foundation's Distinguished Alumni recipients.

Center Education Foundation presents Distinguished Alumni Awards

South KC Perspective

By John Sharp

The Center Education Foundation presented Distinguished Alumni Awards to two Center High School graduates at the organization’s well attended annual gala April 15 at More Hall at St. Thomas More Parish.

The winners are:

Barton Edgerton who serves as an associate director of the Center for Board Matters – Americas at Ernst & Young, a multinational professional services network headquartered in London.  He is also on the advisory board of the Sorkin Center which works to improve how not-for-profit boards function.  He is a former associate director of the National Association of Corporate Directors.

Edgerton holds a bachelor’s degree from Colgate University and a doctorate degree from the London School of Economics.  He is a former adjunct faculty member for the Tufts University Political Science Department.

David Young is the U.S. ambassador to the southern African country of Malawi where he oversees an embassy staff of more than 350 persons.  A career foreign service officer, Young has worked for the U.S. Department of State since 1989.  

Over the past 10 years he has helped lead U.S. embassies in Africa.  In Zambia he helped support a peaceful transition of power following a recent election, helped gain the release from prison of LGBTQ persons and supported the life-saving work of the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief.  In Nigeria he helped support religious freedom and mediation of interfaith conflicts and organized moving displaced persons from areas impacted by violence and terrorism.  


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