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Young Harris College Names New Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean of the Faculty

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Media Contact: Krystin Dean
(706) 379-5310, kndean@yhc.edu

Young Harris College Names New Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean of the Faculty

YOUNG HARRIS, Ga. – Gary L. Myers, Ph.D., dean of the College of Arts and Sciences and professor of English at Mississippi State University, has been selected as the new vice president for academic affairs and dean of the faculty at Young Harris College, YHC President Cathy Cox recently announced.

“Our search committee was extremely impressed with Dr. Myer’s experience, personality and creative vision,” said President Cox. “He has an abiding interest in and commitment to the liberal arts, along with a good perspective on what small colleges can do to enhance the student experience. I know that Dr. Myers will be a great asset to our continuing transformation efforts.”

Dr. Myers joined the Mississippi State University faculty in 1989 and has served in numerous roles there, including director of The Institute for the Humanities, director of freshman English, and director of creative writing. Prior to that, he 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.

“Students exposed to the primary disciplines a college like Young Harris offers begin their adult lives better informed, more communicative and very adaptive because their liberal arts education has helped them to expand their perspective of the world in which they live,” said Dr. Myers. “I see my new position at Young Harris College as a challenge to help students realize themselves through the process of learning, and to assist the faculty and staff in sharing life-changing educational experiences with our students.”

 About Young Harris College
Young Harris College is a private, baccalaureate degree-granting college located in the beautiful mountains of north Georgia. Founded in 1886 and historically affiliated with The United Methodist Church, Young Harris College educates, inspires and empowers students through the highest quality liberal arts education. Long known for nurturing students during the first two years of college, Young Harris College received accreditation in 2008 to grant bachelor’s degrees. The College currently has approximately 900 students across four divisions—Fine Arts, Humanities, Mathematics and Science, and Social and Behavioral Sciences—and plans to increase enrollment to 1,200 over the next few years. The historic campus in Young Harris, Ga., is currently undergoing major campus improvements to accommodate the College’s growth, including recent completion of a 200-bed, LEED Silver-certified residence hall, Georgia’s first higher education facility north of Atlanta to achieve this certification, a 57,000-square-foot, LEED-certified recreation center, the second higher educational recreation facility in Georgia to achieve this certification, and a 148-bed, apartment-style residential village. In 2011, the College was granted candidacy for NCAA Division II athletics. For more information, visit www.yhc.edu

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