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Elizabeth Young


Associate Vice President for Marketing and Communications


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Elizabeth Young oversees the Office of Marketing and Communications at Carthage College. She and her team lead the strategic direction of the Carthage College brand and core messaging. Their primary focus is to support recruitment, enrollment, retention, fundraising, and engagement.

Elizabeth oversees all marketing initiatives and directs the production of communication materials. She serves as chief public relations officer and College spokesperson. She manages and coordinates crisis communications. She oversees overall direction and vision for the Carthage website, social media, magazine, video, email newsletters.

Elizabeth came to Carthage in April 2009 after 13 years working as a writer and editor in the newspaper industry. She holds a degree in journalism from Northwestern University.

Under Elizabeth’s leadership, the Carthage website has been honored by the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE), the College and University Public Relations and Associated Professionals (CUPRAP), and EDU Digital Marketing Awards. Elizabeth was honored in 2016 with a CASE V Gold Platinum Award for Best Article of the Year. See awards

Prior to coming to Carthage, Elizabeth was an award-winning feature writer, features editor, and special sections editor at The Journal Times in Racine, Wis. There, she managed the newspaper’s magazines and specialty publications; coordinated reporting efforts among editorial staff and community contributors; and supervised a team of writers, editors, and designers to produce daily feature sections covering lifestyle, health, and education news.

While at The Journal Times, she received national awards from the Inland Press Association for Best Staff-Written Blog, Best Special Section, and Best Education/Career Section. She was nominated for two Lee Enterprises President’s Awards for Innovation and News, and received the JC Sturtevant Memorial Award for the State’s Best Community Journalism Project from the Wisconsin Newspaper Association. She was recognized with numerous state awards in writing, page design, and editing from the Wisconsin Newspaper Association. 

Elizabeth lives in Racine, Wis.


  • B.S. — Journalism, Northwestern University

Main responsibilities at Carthage

  • Direct the production of all Carthage marketing and communication materials, with a primary focus on supporting recruitment, enrollment, retention, fundraising, and engagement.
  • Lead efforts to strengthen the Carthage brand and increase the College’s visibility locally, regionally, and beyond. 
  • Oversee the development of the website.
  • Serve as chief public relations officer and College spokesperson. 

Favorite thing about working at Carthage

“Hands-down (feet up?), my favorite experience at Carthage was following our Microgravity Team to Houston and flying aboard NASA’s zero-g plane. (I will never stop talking about this; apologies to everyone who wants me to shut up already.) When people ask me about Carthage, I boast about our dedicated faculty, our beautiful campus, and out-of-this-world student experiences like the NASA research.”

  • Quick Facts

    • Carthage is named a Best Midwestern College by The Princeton Review (2021), a designation given to only 25 percent of four-year schools.

    • The Tower, Carthage’s newest residence hall, provides some of the best views on campus — if not in the Midwest! In addition to #carthageviews of the lake from seven stories up, residents enjoy suite-style living and two floors of shared campus spaces for gaming, cooking, group meetings, or quiet studying. Learn more about all housing options.

    • You’re going to need brain fuel. Grab a morning coffee and a snack and Starbucks or Einstein Bros. Bagels. Later, meet friends at “The Caf,” where the specials change daily but the staples are constant, or swing through “The Stu” for wings, a burrito, or a sub. A new option, Carthage Cash, even covers some off-campus meals.

    • More than 90% of Carthage alumni report that they have secured a job or are continuing their studies six months after graduation. Visit The Aspire Center.

    • 91% of employers say critical thinking, communication, and problem-solving skills matter more than your major when it comes to career success. Learn more about how the liberal arts prepare you for a successful career.

    • Lots of schools wear the four-year label. Carthage stands behind it. More than 90% of Carthage graduates earn their degrees in four years. Learn more

    • Oscars. Emmys. Tonys. Golden Globes. The playwrights we’ve brought in have them. Each year, the Carthage Theatre Department commissions an original script by a renowned playwright for its New Play Initiative. Carthage students then work with the writer to stage it. 

    • Carthage has ranked as a top Fulbright producer for four of the past five years. Read about Carthage Fulbright winners.

    • Things look new at Carthage because they are. Our science center, student union, athletic and recreation center, and numerous residence halls have all been constructed or newly renovated in the last 15 years.

    • Carthage offers majors, minors, and concentrations in more than 50 areas of study, from marketing to neuroscience, nursing to music theatre.

    • Our Summer Undergraduate Research Experience offers select students a research budget, one-on-one mentoring with a professor, and 10 weeks of analyzing, deciphering — and getting paid.

    • So the lake is kind of a focal point, but there’s a lot more to love about our campus — like the fact that our more than 80-acre campus is also an arboretum and wildlife sanctuary. Focused on keeping campus lush forever, we plant between 50 and 75 new trees every year from a variety of species.

    • Carthage was founded in 1847. That’s more than 170 years of leaders, makers, and go-getters going out and going forth. Read more about Carthage’s rich history.

    • More than 90 percent of students receive financial aid. Carthage awards more than $20 million in scholarship and grant assistance. That includes $5.5 million in competitive scholarships in business, mathematics, science, languages, the fine arts, leadership, and overall academic strength. Learn what’s available.

    • Abraham Lincoln was an early Trustee of the College, and U.S. Secretary of State John Hay was a Carthage alum. The two still have a proud place on our campus. Spend some time with them in our Sesquicentennial Plaza. On warm days you’ll find professors leading their classes here.

    • Come to Carthage; hear yourself think — think … think …
      Legend has it that Sesquicentennial Plaza holds a perfect echo. Just stand with both your feet on the “1847,” face Straz, and start talking. “You’re the only one who can hear you, but you’ll be crystal clear,” promises English and theatre alumna Mikaley Osley.

    • Our Great Lake provides Carthage students with some amazing views. Think classes on the beach, lake views from the lab, and sunrises from your dorm room. “I love waking up in the morning with the sun shining off the lake. Nothing compares to the view in the morning,” recalls biology and neuroscience major Ann O’Leary.

    • Carthage awards up to 35 Presidential Scholarships each year, which range from $25,000 up to full tuition. Learn more.

    • For a full decade, NASA has selected Carthage students to conduct research aboard its zero-gravity aircraft. Lately, the stakes have risen. A team of underclassmen is grinding to prepare a tiny but powerful Earth-imaging satellite for launch to the International Space Station. Learn more about the space sciences at Carthage

    • Carthage is the only college or university in the Midwest where every freshman takes a full-year sequence of foundational texts of the Western intellectual tradition. Learn about Intellectual Foundations.

    • With a student-faculty ratio of 13:1, your professors will know who you are. They will also know who you want to be — and how to get you there. Meet our faculty.

    • There are more than 130 student organizations on campus, from Amnesty International to Fencing to Frisbee, Chem Club to Stand Up Comedy. See how easy it is to get involved.

    • True story: There are more than 27 art galleries, a dozen museums, and nine theatres within 25 miles of Carthage. Some highlights: The nationally recognized Racine Art Museum, the world-renowned Art Institute of Chicago, and the Milwaukee Art Museum. Learn more about our location.

    • What’s better than one professor? Two professors. What’s better than two professors? Two professors from totally different fields teaching a single class. There’s debate. Discussion. Differing perspectives. This is where the magic happens. That’s why every student takes a Carthage Symposium.

    • You can’t hide here — not with only 17 other students in the classroom with you. That’s going to be rough some mornings. But later, when you’re able to argue your point of view thoughtfully, express your opinions succinctly, and meet challenges head-on, without fear … Yep, you’ll thank us.

    • Carthage is ranked in the Top 5 in the country for student participation in short-term study abroad. Every J-Term, hundreds of students travel all over the world on faculty-led study tours. Imagine a month in Sweden, Rome, Cuba, Senegal, India, Japan …