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At the most recent board meeting, the Young Harris College Board of Trustees elected Candler Ginn, 1977, as a trustee.

Candler Ginn is a longtime alumni volunteer for the College, which culminated in him serving as president of the Alumni Association Board from 2015-2017, and he remains a member of the Board today. In 2018, the YHC Alumni Association presented Ginn with the Spirit of Young Harris Award. This award is presented yearly to an alumnus or alumna who is a shining example of faithful service to YHC and of dedication to their community and family.

Ginn grew up in Atlanta, Georgia, where he attended Lakeside High School. After graduation, he moved from the city to North Georgia, where he attended Young Harris College, a two-year institution at the time. He received an Associate of Science degree from YHC in 1977. He went on to attend The University of Georgia, where he received a Bachelor of Science in Agricultural Engineering in 1980, and he later received a Master of Business Administration in Finance in 1987 at Mercer University’s Macon campus.

He has held membership and leadership positions in many service organizations. He was involved in Rotary International for over 20 years as a member and as club president; Boy Scouts of America Northwest Georgia Council in various leadership roles; Advocates for Children as a board member; his local First Presbyterian Church as a session member; and other community-support opportunities.

Mr. Ginn has worked for Georgia Power Company (GPC) since 1980. He covers the state of Georgia through his work with communication companies, partnerships with City and EMC Power Systems, Storm Response, and other projects.

Ginn is married to Susan Rankin Ginn, Class of 1977, and they have two children. Their daughter, Mary-Frances (Michael), received a degree in Business Management and a degree in Marketing from The University of Georgia (UGA) in 2009, and she now works with Ball Corporation. Their son, Alex (Sadie), Class of 2009, received an Associate of Science degree at YHC and an Engineering degree from UGA, and he is the owner of Ginn Engineering Services. Candler and Susan are thankful to be grandparents of Asa and Hattie. Candler’s brother, Charlie Ginn, and his wife, Kathy May Ginn, also met at and graduated from YHC in 1978.

“Candler has been an active alumnus who has served YHC in many roles,” said YHC President Dr. Drew Van Horn. “He brings great experience and a deep love for YHC with him. The Board is fortunate to have him as a member.”

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 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