The Reinhardt College Board of Trustees selected Dr. Charles E. Glassick, an experienced educator, college administrator and former Robert W. Woodruff Arts Center president, as the institution's interim president at their spring meeting on May 22, 2001.
Glassick will take office Aug. 7, 2001, and will serve for a year, by which time the College's Board of Trustees expects to elect a permanent president. Glassick will visit the College campus in late June, and will communicate regularly by telephone with faculty, administrators and trustees until he takes office in August.
Reinhardt's former president, Dr. William A. Nevious, resigned the presidency on May 14, 2001, stating that he had positioned the College for future growth and was leaving to pursue another excellent opportunity for him and his family.
Glassick has worked in Atlanta and in Spartanburg, SC, and during that time he became aware of Reinhardt and its transition from two- to four-year status. He recently visited the College's Main Campus and learned about the opportunities and challenges facing the institution.
"I have a great deal of confidence in the quality of education provided by liberal arts colleges, and I am looking forward to continuing and enriching that tradition in my time at Reinhardt," Dr. Glassick said.
As an interim president, Glassick said he focuses on the fundamental aspects of a college, "educating students and the role of the faculty in that process." He focuses on keeping the institution moving forward and creating a situation where a new president can come in and be successful.
Board of Trustees Chair James K. Hasson Jr. said Glassick fits all the criteria for an interim president that the trustees had outlined.
"Dr. Glassick has a proven track record as a successful college president and an effective interim president," Hasson said. "He knows the greater Atlanta community, and he is familiar with the United Methodist Church and its approach to higher education. He was our number one candidate and was sought after by several other schools, so we are incredibly lucky to be able to welcome him to Reinhardt College as our interim president."
Glassick has served as interim president for Converse College (Spartanburg, S.C.), North Carolina Wesleyan College (Rocky Mount, N.C.), and for the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, a policy center devoted to strengthening America's schools and colleges. At the Carnegie Foundation, he is a Senior Associate Emeritus and formerly served as vice chairman of the board of trustees and as senior fellow.
He also spent 12 years as president of Gettysburg College (Gettysburg, Penn.), a well-regarded liberal arts and sciences college. While at Gettysburg, he was named in a national survey as one of the 100 "most effective college presidents" in the U.S.
Glassick is well known in the Atlanta area, having led the Robert W. Woodruff Arts Center (Atlanta, Ga.), as president from 1991 to 1995. The Center includes four fine arts entities: the Alliance Theater, the Atlanta College of Art, the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, and the High Museum of Art.
Kevin Mahaney, Reinhardt's acting chief administrative officer, said Glassick can expect a warm reception on the Reinhardt Campus.
"As a senior administrator, I welcome Dr. Glassick and look forward to continuing the work and planning needed to move the College ahead under his leadership," Mahaney said. "His resume is impressive; the breadth and depth of his experience in higher education will serve our institution well during this transitional time."
Student Government Association President Lonnie Lacy echoed the spirit of anticipation and cooperation.
"His bio is incredibly impressive," Lacy said. "I am excited to have such talent on our campus, and I look forward to Reinhardt benefiting from his experience and leadership."
He has received numerous honors and awards, including several honorary doctorates as well as election to Phi Beta Kappa and various academic honor societies. He is an active member of a number of professional organizations and has served on a variety of boards, commissions, and task forces throughout his career. He has published extensively; he recently co-authored "Scholarship Assessed: Evaluation of the Professoriate."
He received his doctorate and master's degrees in chemistry from Princeton University (Princeton, NJ). He earned his bachelor's degree from Franklin and Marshall College (Lancaster, Penn.) in 1953.
He is married to the former Mary Williams of York, Penn. They have five children and 15 grandchildren. They currently reside in Rocky Mount, NC, where he is serving as interim president of North Carolina Wesleyan College.
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