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Carson-Newman University’s Kina Mallard named president of Reinhardt University

Dr. Kina Mallard

(Feb. 12, 2015) – Carson-Newman University Executive Vice President and Provost Kina Mallard has been named president of Reinhardt University. The announcement was made today by the Waleska, Georgia, university.

“Without a doubt, Dr. Mallard’s skill-set and Reinhardt’s historic Methodist, academic and professional mission in the greater Atlanta Metro area are “a match made in heaven,” said Carson-Newman University President Randall O’Brien. “Her visionary leadership, strategic planning, work ethic and goal completion are simply unsurpassed in the academy. On behalf of the entire Carson-Newman family I would like to thank Dr. Mallard for her partnership in our important work together the past six years. She moves into her new presidency with our love, prayers, and blessings.”

Mallard, a Knoxville native, joined the University as provost in 2009 and was promoted to executive vice president and provost in 2013. Under her leadership the University established a strong online learning presence and developed new graduate programs in Education, Applied Theology, Applied Social Justice and an interdisciplinary degree completion program in Organizational Leadership.

Mallard led the launch in 2013 of Carson-Newman’s first post-master degrees, the EdS and EdD, as well as an Associate of Arts degree in liberal studies in 2015. In late 2014, she was appointed to lead the University’s 5-year strategic plan “Vision: 2020.” Also last year, under her leadership, Carson-Newman developed a new partnership with Pellissippi State Community College at Strawberry Plains, elevating the University’s reputation and academic relationship with Pellissippi State.

Mallard also strengthened Carson-Newman’s signature Honors Program, created a student Research, Performance and Creativity Day for Undergraduate Research and transformed the institution’s library into a Student Success Learning Commons.

“I believe our best work has been attracting outstanding talent to Carson-Newman,” said Mallard. “Over 20 percent of our faculty and staff have joined the university in the past six years. The future of Carson-Newman lies in the hands of the people of Carson-Newman, and the future is very bright! I am thankful for the opportunity I have had to serve as part of the leadership team of Carson-Newman. I have deep respect for the faculty and staff who invest their lives here, and I have developed some wonderful friendships that I hope will continue for many years.”

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