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Thursday, July 28, 2016

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Young Harris College Welcomes New Vice President for Advancement

YOUNG HARRIS, Ga. –  Young Harris College President Cathy Cox is pleased to announce Jimmy Owen has recently been selected as vice president for advancement.

“Jimmy’s experience in higher education and the public sector will be a tremendous asset to YHC,” said President Cox. “I’m confident that he will take our advancement efforts to the next level.”

With more than 20 years of experience in both for-profit and nonprofit work, Owen joins YHC’s leadership with an impressive background in development. Most recently, Owen served as director of development at Emory University’s Woodruff Health Sciences Center in Atlanta, Ga. Prior to that, he served as director of annual giving at The University of the South in Sewanee, Tenn.

“I’m deeply honored and grateful to be at Young Harris and build upon the great success over the past eight years of President Cox and our esteemed advancement team,” said Owen, whose wife, Kell, is a member of YHC’s Class of 1993. “Our family’s love for YHC runs deep, and this opportunity is especially meaningful for us.”

Prior to delving into the world of development, Owen served as vice president of Covenant Real Estate Management Company, Inc., in Atlanta, and owned The Colony Company, Inc., a real estate company in Fairhope, Ala. Owen earned his bachelor of science in business management from Auburn University.

“YHC has such passionate and generous alumni and friends of the College,” said Owen. “We have much to look forward to in the months and years to come.”

About Young Harris College
Young Harris College is a private, baccalaureate degree-granting college 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 the highest quality liberal arts education. The College currently has more than 1,200 students across five divisions—Education, Fine Arts, Humanities, Mathematics and Science, and Social and Behavioral Sciences. The historic campus in Young Harris, Ga., is currently undergoing major campus improvements to accommodate the College’s growth. Recent LEED-certified campus improvements include the 121,000-square-foot Rollins Campus Center, new residence facilities, and a 57,000-square-foot recreation and fitness center. In 2014, the College was granted active membership in NCAA Division II and is a fierce competitor in the prestigious Peach Belt Conference. YHC is among fewer than 300 colleges and universities nationwide named to the 2015-2016 list of Colleges of Distinction. For more information, visit