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Young Harris College Announces Leadership in the Appalachian College Association

YOUNG HARRIS, Ga. — Leadership at Young Harris College have been elected to roles with the Appalachian College Association during the ACA’s Annual Meeting on May 23-24 at Tusculum University in Greeneville, Tenn.

Dr. Drew Van Horn, Young Harris College President, was elected to the Executive Committee of the ACA Board, and Provost Dr. Jason Pierce has been elected as Chair of the Teaching & Learning Committee and to the Executive Committee of the ACA Council of Chief Academic Officers. 

The ACA’s annual meeting brings together college presidents, chief academic officers, and senior leadership members each year to address top issues for the region’s colleges and universities. The President of each of the ACA member institutions serves on the Board of Directors. 

“The Appalachian College Association does a fantastic job in promoting and supporting Appalachian colleges and students from Appalachia,” Dr. Drew Van Horn said. “I am honored to have been selected to the Association’s Executive Committee.”

The ACA is a non-profit consortium of independent colleges and universities in central Appalachia, bringing together 34 private four-year liberal arts institutions located in the central and southern Appalachian Mountains of Georgia, Kentucky, North Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, and West Virginia. Since 1990, this organization has served the Appalachian region through its support of faculty, staff, and students of its member institutions.

“The students, faculty, and staff of Young Harris benefit tremendously from the programming and support of the Appalachian College Association,” said Dr. Pierce. “I am proud to have been associated with the ACA for over twenty years, and I look forward to serving in this new role.”

The ACA provides faculty research fellowships, student research funding, faculty and staff professional development, an online Center for Teaching and Learning, an online library, and digital archives. Pierce’s role in the Association of Chief Academic Officers will be to participate in a forum for sharing best practices, discussing current academic issues in light of societal challenges, and promoting the educational interests of member institutions. Additionally, with the Teaching & Learning Committee, Pierce will assist with cultivating student-centered, innovative, and inclusive approaches to teaching and learning, fostering a culture of excellence among the consortium’s faculty and staff. 

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