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YOUNG HARRIS, Ga. – Young Harris College President Dr. Drew L. Van Horn was appointed to the Georgia Nonpublic Postsecondary Education Commission by Georgia Governor Brian P. Kemp.

As shared by GNPEC’s announcement, Dr. Van Horn has over 30 years of experience in higher education. He spent nine years as president of Brevard College in North Carolina, a private, residential liberal arts college affiliated with the United Methodist Church, just like Young Harris College. Before his tenure at YHC, Dr. Van Horn served Iowa Wesleyan University as interim vice president of university advancement. He also served as vice president of institutional advancement at Lenior-Rhyne University in North Carolina. “Van Horn currently serves on the Board of the Georgia Independent College Association and the Peach Belt Athletic Conference,” states the GNPEC announcement. “He is a two-time Academic All-American in basketball and is a member of the Elon University Athletic Hall of Fame. Van Horn earned a Bachelor of Arts at Elon College, a M.Ed. from Campbell University in North Carolina, and a Ph.D. in Higher Education Leadership from the University of South Carolina.”

The GNPEC was established by legislation enacted in 1990. Its mission is to “ensure that each authorized nonpublic postsecondary educational institution in Georgia is satisfying its commitments to hardworking Georgians through sound academics and financial stability.” The agency’s vision is to “promote excellence, efficiency, and systematic improvement in the regulation of nonpublic postsecondary educational institutions to ensure quality education for improving the workforce in Georgia and the lives of Georgia’s citizens.” More information can be found on

Dr. Van Horn will serve alongside ten other members for a minimum of a three-year term. “I look forward to serving on this Commission and appreciate Governor Kemp allowing me the opportunity to serve the State of Georgia,” said Dr. Van Horn. “I am honored to represent Young Harris College and the other private institutions of higher education in Georgia on this important Commission.”

About Young Harris College

Young Harris College is a private baccalaureate and master’s degree-granting institution 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 an education that purposefully integrates the liberal arts and professional studies. The College has four academic divisions: Fine Arts; Humanities; Mathematics, Science and Technology; and Professional Studies. More than 1,400 students are enrolled in its residential and Early College programs. The College is an active member of the NCAA Division II and remains a fierce competitor in the prestigious Peach Belt Conference. For more information, visit