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YOUNG HARRIS, Ga. — Young Harris College is pleased to welcome Dr. Joy Hamm to the Mountain Lion staff as the Assistant Vice President for Enrollment Management (AVPEM). Hamm will begin her role with the Office of Admissions January 1, 2022.

As AVPEM, Hamm will be responsible for the operations of the Office of Admissions and the Office of Financial Assistance. She will report to the Provost and serve as a key member of the Provost’s Council. Hamm is charged with ensuring YHC meets or exceeds its undergraduate enrollment goals. She will also collaborate with the Dean of the Division of Professional Studies and appropriate program coordinators to recruit and admit graduate students. Similarly, she will work with the Dean of Distance Learning & Early College to recruit and admit dual enrollment students.

Hamm earned a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Psychology from Lenoir-Rhyne University, a Master of Arts in Counselor Education from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, and a Doctor of Education in Education Administration from Georgia Southern University.

Her previous experience in higher education includes administrative roles at Wingate University, Davidson College, Georgia Southern University, Chattahoochee Valley Community College, Armstrong State University, New College of Florida, and Albany State University. She taught at Chattahoochee Valley Community College, Georgia Southern University, and East Georgia College. She worked as the Education Consultant for EXCELLence Performance Coaching and served as the Academic Support Specialist for the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine. Hamm has counseling experience from positions at Belmont Abbey College, Youth Homes, Inc., and Davidson College.

“It is my pleasure to welcome Dr. Joy Hamm into the YHC community as our first Assistant Vice President for Enrollment Management,” said YHC Provost Dr. Jason Pierce.

“I was drawn to YHC because of the tremendous sense of community I experienced when visiting campus,” said Hamm. “This, combined with the natural beauty of the campus, make it a great place for students to explore both on- and off-campus opportunities. I look forward to working with the entire campus community to share all the College has to offer with prospective students and their families.”

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