Honorary Degree Recipient

Barb 2015 updatedThroughout her distinguished career, Ms. Barbara Young has been driven by her innate sense of civic duty – something that was ingrained in her upbringing and the fabric of life in the small town where she was raised. After she graduated from Valparaiso University law school in 1976, she began working at Hoeppner, Wagner & Evans, a Porter County-based law firm specializing in small business law, estate planning and real estate development, with an equally strong sense of civic pride and an expectation that its employees share the same commitment.

Ms. Young found her true calling as one of the founding members and President of the Porter County Community Foundation, Inc., established in 1998 to encourage community-based investment and long-term giving to local non-profit organizations.  It is part of a state-wide initiative supported by the “Giving Indiana Funds for Tomorrow (GIFTO)”, launched by the Lilly Endowment, that established community foundations throughout each of the state’s 92 counties. Since taking over as President in 2001, Young’s leadership and long-standing community engagement has resulted in the fund growing annually.

Ms. Young has been a strong supporter of Valparaiso University as a member of the President’s Advisory Council, the Valparaiso Community Campaign Chairperson and the Valparaiso University Law School Alumni Association Board of Directors.