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Dr. Kina Mallard became Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs of Carson-Newman University Spring of 2009 and was promoted to Executive Vice President and Provost Spring 2013. She leads the university’s executive team including the Vice Presidents for Advancement and Student Affairs, the Chief Financial Officer, Athletic Director, and Human Resources Director. Other direct reports include the Associate Provost, Deans of Global Education, Library Services, and Enrollment Services, and Directors of University Relations, Bonner Center for Service Learning and Civic Engagement, and Institutional Effectiveness.

Under Mallard’s leadership, the University established a strong online presence and developed new graduate programs in Education, Applied Theology, Applied Social Justice, Environmental Forensics, and an interdisciplinary degree completion program in Organizational Leadership. The University’s first post master degrees, the Ed.S. and Ed.D., launched Fall 2013.

Dr. Mallard was selected to attend the Harvard Graduate School of Education, Institute for Education Management at Harvard University in 2011. She holds a Certificate in Professional Fundraising from Boston University and is a Certified Trainer in Appreciative Inquiry and Mediation. Over the last five years, Mallard has worked with a select group of donors and private foundations resulting in the funding of several strategic initiatives.

Her professional service extends to board membership for Department Chair Journal, Council of Christian Colleges and Universities, and Appalachian College Association. Focusing on chair and leadership development and sustaining joy at work, Kina has contributed numerous book chapters and articles and is a nationally recognized speaker.

Prior to her arrival at Carson-Newman, Dr. Mallard served as Academic Dean at Gordon College in Wenham, MA. During her time at Gordon, she oversaw development and management of curriculum and academic departments; supervised Registrar, Director of the Academic Support Center, Director of the Library, Director of Graduate Education, division moderators and department chairs. She managed institutional effectiveness, assessment, and NEASC accreditation and created new programs including the Center for Non-Profit Management and Philanthropy.

Dr. Mallard also served 15 years of her career at Union University in Jackson, TN., as Associate Provost for Faculty and Academic Development, Director of Center for Faculty Development and the Chair of Communication Arts. While at Union, Mallard developed, launched, and funded the Center for Faculty Development as well as interdisciplinary programs in film studies and digital media studies. Dr. Mallard was awarded Faculty of the Year in 1995, and was presented the Innovative Teaching Award in 1993 and 1996.

Mallard received her B.S. degree in Speech and Theater from Middle Tennessee State University and earned her M.A. and Ph.D in Organizational Communications and Communications from the University of Tennessee - Knoxville. She is married to Stephen Dietz, Director of Business Development for Food Donation Connection, and together they have five children. They reside in Jefferson City, Tennessee, with their Malteese, Tino, and Labradoodle, Bentley.

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