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Office of Academic Affairs

Dr. Gary Myers

Vice President for Academic Affairs, Dean of the Faculty and Professor of English

(706) 379-5060
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Dr. Myers was appointed Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean of the Faculty at Young Harris College in 2012. Prior to that, Dr. Myers served in numerous roles at Mississippi State University including dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, professor of English, director of The Institute for the Humanities, director of freshman English and director of creative writing. He previously served as chairman of English and assistant professor of English at Mercyhurst College in Pennsylvania. Earlier in his career, Dr. Myers also taught at the University of Houston, Houston Community College and Houston Baptist University. He has published two award-winning books of poetry, titled “Lifetime Possessions” and “World Effects,” and more than 100 of his poems have appeared in numerous publications throughout the United States and Canada including The New Yorker, Poetry, Kansas Quarterly, Louisville Review, Indiana Review, California Quarterly, The Albany Review and American Poetry Monthly. He is currently working on a poetry manuscript that focuses on the Holocaust titled “Planet Auschwitz,” as well as a poetry manuscript titled “Life’s Promise.” Dr. Myers earned his B.S. in education with an English major at the University of Nebraska, his M.F.A. in English and creative writing from the University of Iowa’s Writers’ Workshop, and his Ph.D. in English and creative writing from the University of Houston.


Dr. Keith DeFoor 

Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs

(706) 379-5156
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Dr. DeFoor joined the Young Harris College faculty in 1998 and was named Chair of the Division of Fine Arts in 2003.  He was appointed Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs in 2009. Dr. DeFoor has been a featured piano soloist with the Southwest Florida Symphony Orchestra and the Charlotte (FL) Symphony Orchestra.  Dr. DeFoor has been a presenter consultant for the Georgia Council for the Arts and has served as Piano Division Chair for the Georgia Music Educators Association. Dr. DeFoor is Immediate Past President of the Georgia Music Teachers Association and is an institutional evaluator for the National Association of Schools of Music and the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC).


Karen C. Williams 

Administrative Assistant

(706) 379-5171
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