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Program Director

Dr. Rob Campell

Center for Appalachian Studies Director, Coordinator of the Bonner Leadership Program and Professor of Education

(706) 379-5139
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Having served as the coordinator of the Bonner Leaders and Academic Service Learning Programs at Young Harris College from 2009-2012, Rob returned to the campus community in July 2013 as Center for Appalachian Studies director and coordinator of the Bonner Leadership Program. The Center is committed to the celebration of Appalachian heritage and culture, to scholarship that helps enable students, faculty and staff to understand the place and its peoples, and to service that engages the campus with communities in the region and beyond. The Center sponsors various programs and events to celebrate mountain folklife, including lectures, concerts, readings, art exhibitions, dances and film screenings. The study of southern Appalachia is encouraged by the Center through the minor in Appalachian Studies, the annual Heinze lecture series, participation in the Appalachian Studies Association, and the Appalachian Studies Collection and Byron Herbert Reece Collection in the College’s library. The Center also coordinates the Bonner Leaders Program, an Academic Service Learning Program, and various community outreach opportunities with other groups on campus and in the surrounding community.

Rob earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology from Rhodes College, his master of divinity degree from Columbia Seminary and his master of arts degree in counseling from Appalachian State University. Rob completed his doctoral degree in higher and adult education from the University of Memphis in May 2014.

With his background in teaching, counseling and program administration, Rob has worked in several capacities on college and university campuses and particularly enjoys the environment and the culture of a small liberal arts campus.

Rob is excited to be back at YHC, especially in a position that allows him substantive opportunities to interact and collaborate with students, faculty, staff and community partners. Rob enjoys hiking, cycling, kayaking, music, reading and exploring the crooks and crannies of the beautiful mountains that envelop the YHC community.