YOUNG HARRIS, Ga.—Young Harris College recently announced that Rev. Blair Tolbert has been appointed as the UM-related school's Dean of the Chapel and College Minister.
“I am extremely excited to welcome Rev. Tolbert to the Young Harris College family,” said Vice President for Student Development Angi Smith, J.D. “She made an incredible impression on our students, faculty and staff during her visit to campus. We are anticipating her arrival and contributions to life at the College.”
Rev. Tolbert was drawn to YHC due, in part, to its deep ties to The United Methodist Church and commitment to providing an exceptional liberal arts education.
“YHC creates such a unique and vibrant learning environment that engages young adults to discover and use their passions and gifts to transform the world through work and service,” said Rev. Tolbert. “It is an incredible opportunity to minister and serve students who are part of such a distinct legacy.”
Rev. Tolbert brings an impressive array of church and campus ministry experience including serving as director of student ministries at LaGrange College and associate pastor at Carrollton First United Methodist Church. She also served as pastor-in-charge for Grantville First United Methodist Church and the United Methodist Churches of the Long Cane-Bethel Charge and Prospect-Providence Charge.
Rev. Tolbert was ordained as an elder in full connection by The United Methodist Church in June 2015. She earned her master of divinity from Vanderbilt University in 2010 and received her bachelors of arts in religion and church leadership from LaGrange College in 2006.
“The four year experience of college is a unique time of transformation and growth,” said Rev. Tolbert. “To be able to stand alongside students as they learn, serve, and discover their passions, while creating avenues for them to grow spiritually and faithfully, continues to be the challenge and best part of my work as a chaplain. Having met the compassionate and dedicated students of Young Harris College, it will be an honor to minister and serve them."