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Young Harris College Welcomes Steve Esser to the Communications Team

YOUNG HARRIS, Ga. — A new member has joined the Communications team at Young Harris, bringing a blend of nearly 40 years of journalism and public relations experience to the College.

Steve Esser joined the team May 1 as the Director of Communications. Previously, he worked as a communications specialist at Florida Power & Light and Gulf Power Company – electric utilities in the Northwest Florida area. Based in Pensacola, FL, Steve worked on a variety of public relations projects for the companies ranging from media relations and employee communications to website and digital media. Before that, he spent 10 years as a journalist working at daily papers in Kentucky and Florida. Steve also has an extensive background in crisis communications, dealing with the frequent hurricanes and tropical systems that have traveled across the Gulf of Mexico. 

“I am so excited to join the Young Harris College family,” Steve said. “I am looking forward to a new chapter in my life and working with the staff and students at YHC. I’m also looking forward to NOT working on hurricane communications anymore.”

“Steve brings years of experience in corporate communications and journalism to the YHC community,” said Provost Jason Pierce. “I have already come to appreciate his genuine inquisitiveness and his warm collegiality, and I look forward to working with him.” 

Steve will be relocating from Pensacola to Blairsville this summer with his wife, Lisa. The “newlyweds” of 22 years, have four children, now adults, and four grandchildren. Steve cited oppressive humidity, giant mosquitos and hurricanes for the reasons he is looking forward to North Georgia. Steve enjoys all types of music and is a huge movie and streaming-television viewer. He admits to being a “slight” Star Wars nerd and is loving the Ted Lasso series. He is excited to join the Young Harris College community as well as North Georgia. 

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