Kina S. Mallard inaugurated as 20th President of Reinhardt University


Kina S. Mallard, Ph.D. was inaugurated this month as Reinhardt University’s president. 

The daylong events on April 15 included a prayer service, the inauguration ceremony, and an evening gala which also recognized Reinhardt’s alumnus of the year, Dr. Brian V. Hightower (’83), who was recently named Superintendent of the Cherokee County (Ga.) School District.

The inauguration ceremony, held at Reinhardt’s Falany Performing Arts Center, was the official installation of Dr. Mallard who became President of Reinhardt University on May 15, 2015. 

“Thank you to the selection committee who, last February, chose me for Reinhardt. It is hard to believe it has been over a year since I started thinking, dreaming and planning for this university,” Mallard said. “While I have the honor of standing before you, this inauguration is not really about me. This inauguration is a celebration of Reinhardt University and the many dedicated servant-leaders whose courage, innovation and sheer will has brought us to this day.”

Alumnus Mathew Pinson (’05), lay leader of the North Georgia United Methodist Conference, gave the invocation, followed by the welcome and guest recognitions by William G. Hasty Jr. (’67). 

“President Kina Mallard arrived on campus a year ago with goals and objectives to take Reinhardt University to new levels. As a result, there already exists a positive ambience at Reinhardt that is being recognized and valued as representation of good things to come,” said Hasty, who chairs Reinhardt University’s Board of Trustees. “It is only fitting that we take time to acknowledge Dr. Mallard’s good works and her aspirations as our president for Reinhardt’s future.” 

Hasty introduced Dr. Mallard as the 20th President of Reinhardt, and the Rev. Timothy Emmett, pastor of Waleska United Methodist Church, located on campus, led the Investiture of the President. Dr. J. Thomas Isherwood, who held the university presidency for 13 years prior to Mallard, presented her with the presidential medallion. 

Mallard addressed those in attendance about the work she and her team have done over the last year and the plans laid out for the future, including the creation of a Center for Effective and Innovative Teaching and Learning which, according to Mallard, “will bring experts to campus to facilitate robust, innovative, high-impact conversations and professional development of our faculty.”

“Reinhardt’s future depends solely on how well we do our work in the present,” Mallard said. “Who Reinhardt will be in the next 10, 20, and 30 years is being determined by the vision-casting, strategic planning, personnel-hiring, decision-making, fundraising, curriculum-development, and campus and facilities planning we are doing right now.”

Mallard came to Reinhardt University from Carson-Newman University where she served as executive vice president and provost. She holds a Doctorate in communication and a Master of Arts in organizational communication from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, and a Bachelor of Science in speech and theatre from Middle Tennessee State University. She and her husband, Steve Dietz, have five children and one grandchild. 

About Reinhardt University
Founded in 1883, Reinhardt University is a private, comprehensive university grounded in the liberal arts and affiliated with The United Methodist Church. Reinhardt offers 46 graduate and undergraduate programs, ranging from business and education to music and theater. 

Reinhardt’s main residential campus is located in Waleska (Cherokee County), Ga., and offers selected programs in other regional centers including Alpharetta, Cartersville, Canton and Woodstock, as well as online programs. Additional attractions on the Waleska campus include the Falany Performing Arts Center and the Funk Heritage Center. 

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