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Who Are We?

John Spranza

Director of Student Life (2003)
Ed.D., Higher Education Administration, currently pursuing, Georgia Southern University
MPA, Higher Education Administration, University of West Georgia
BA, History, University of West Georgia
Office Location: Floyd Campus
Email: jspranza@highlands.edu

John has been director of student life since January 2003 and oversees the direction of the entire student life team. By supervising, coordinating, directing and engaging the various aspects of student development, he plays a vital role in the administration of campus programming to create a fun and educational environment for all GHC students. Once a student at GHC himself, John is a product of student involvement success and strives to give all students the opportunity to get the most out of their time on campus. Previously to his return to GHC, John was an admissions counselor at the University of West Georgia, where he recruited freshmen and transfer students while specializing in athletic admissions and certified NCAA clearinghouse qualifying for incoming student-athletes. He is a member of a number of professional associations, such as the American College Personnel Association (ACPA), National Orientation Directors Association (NODA), Association for Promotion of Campus Activities (APCA), Georgia College Personnel Association (GCPA), National Council on Student Development (NCSD), and serves in a leadership position in several associations. John was awarded the Earnest C. Jones National Programming Advisor of the Year Award in 2009 by the Association for Promotion of Campus Activities, and is a past chairman for the Regents Advisory Committee on Student Life. He is married with two sons and enjoys camping, reading, and volunteer coaching youth sports.


Megan Youngblood

Assistant Director of Student Life (2010)
MS, Higher Education Personnel & Student Services, University of Central Arkansas
BA, English, University of Central Arkansas
Office Location: Cartersville Campus
Email: myoungbl@highlands.edu

Megan joined GHC as assistant director of student life in 2010 and is based at the Cartersville Campus. As an undergraduate at the University of Central Arkansas Megan was involved in various activities on campus which fueled her desire to work in Student Affairs. During her graduate work at UCA, Megan interned at Dalton State College in Dalton, GA and fell in love with student activities, orientation, and the state of Georgia. Now officially a Georgian, Megan strives to help students find their "fit" in student life within the organizations, activities, and programs offered at Georgia Highlands. In addition to her work on campus, she is also involved in several professional organizations, including the Southern Association for College Student Affairs (SACSA) and the American College Personnel Association (ACPA). In her spare time she enjoys reading, knitting, canoeing, taking pictures, and spending time with her friends and family.


Lyric Burnett

Program Coordinator (2010)
BA, Mass Communications, Georgia College & State University
Office Location: Douglasville Site
Email: lburnett@highlands.edu

This is Lyric's first year working for Georgia Highlands College. She is the Student Life  Program Coordinator for the Douglasville, Paulding, and Marietta instructional sites. Being the first to hold this position on the Student Life team at GHC, she hopes to provide programming at the three sites that engage students and increase student involvement. As a recent graduate of Georgia College & State University, she plans on using her skills in leadership and event planning to build a stronger component of Student Life at the GHC instruction sites. Prior to joining GHC, Lyric was a Unit Marketing Director for Chick-fil-A and also interned with both the Douglas County Chamber of Commerce and the corporate office of Chick-fil-A. In her spare time she enjoys reading, hiking, kayaking, and cleaning.




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