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YOUNG HARRIS, Ga. — Young Harris College is pleased to welcome Dr. Karen Pruett to the Mountain Lion staff as Vice President for Student Development (VPSD). Pruett began her role on October 1, 2022.

As VPSD, Pruett promotes and supports student success, well-being, and belonging. She provides administrative oversight for the Office of Student Development, which includes Residence Life, Involvement and Activities, Recreation, Career & Professional Development, Student Services, Greek Life, Community & Conduct, and Student Government.

Pruett earned a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Berry College, a Master of Education in Community Agency Counseling from Auburn University, and a Doctor of Philosophy in Higher Education Administration from Auburn University.

Her previous experience in higher education includes administrative and other leadership roles at LaGrange College, University of North Carolina at Pembroke, Auburn University, Gainesville State College (now North Georgia at Gainesville), and Georgia Highlands College. She has worked in career services, housing, teaching, and counseling.

“We are exceptionally fortunate to have Dr. Pruett joining our community,” said YHC Provost Dr. Jason Pierce. “Karen brings a wealth of experience in student development, and her background in career and counseling services will contribute immediately to strategic initiatives to expand the College’s programs in these areas.”

“I am thrilled to join the Young Harris community, an institution known for its rich history, beautiful campus, and commitment to empower students to reach their personal goals while being engaged citizens in the local community and beyond,” said Pruett.

Dr. Karen Pruett says that her own educational experience at a small, private liberal arts institution helped her get to where she is today, and Young Harris College is grateful for that. The faculty, staff, and students look forward to working with her and getting to know her.

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. Approximately 1,400 students are enrolled in its undergraduate, Early College, and MAT 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