Reinhardt College President William A. Nevious announced his resignation today, stating he had fulfilled his presidential assignment to position the college for future growth, and was leaving for another excellent opportunity for him and his family.
During Nevious' two years as the 117-year-old institution's 18th president, Reinhardt completed its transition from a two-year institution, achieving full-accreditation as a four-year college. The school also noted record numbers of both entering freshmen and graduates in the 1999-2000 and the 2000-2001 academic years.
"I have nothing but warm regards and high expectations for Reinhardt College," President Nevious said, "and I will do everything possible to leave behind a well organized and committed administrative staff and faculty who can continue to serve students in a true Christian educational environment."
Board of Trustees Chairman Lynn Johnston said he had accepted the Presidentï¿½s decision "with great regret."
"President Nevious has made significant contributions to Reinhardt during an extremely important time in its history," Mr. Johnston said. "Achieving full four-year status is a daunting task for a college such as ours, and we are grateful to William for steering this school to a position of great promise."
Bishop Lindsey Davis, a member of the College's Board of Trustees, expressed appreciation for Nevious' contributions. "United Methodists throughout North Georgia give thanks for the leadership of Dr. William Nevious, of Reinhardt College, for these past two years. He has led Reinhardt to full accreditation as a four-year institution and accomplished significant improvements to the physical plant. William and his wife, Kristen, are persons of deep Christian faith. As the Nevious family moves to a new phase of their lives, we pray God's blessings upon them," said Bishop Davis.
Among other accomplishments of the Reinhardt College team during the Nevious tenure was the establishment of the Presidential Symposia, which brought former Senator Paul Simon and Academy Award-winning actor Richard Dreyfuss to the Waleska campus. Also, the average SAT score of entering freshman reached record heights, the number of new faculty with earned Ph.D.s and MFA degrees increased significantly, and the Honors Program will be launched in Fall 2001.
The physical plant has also been enhanced, with more than $13 million in new construction initiated since Dr. Nevious' arrival. The athletics department also saw important changes. The school is now competing in the NAIA, with women's soccer to begin this fall with additional sports scheduled to begin over the next few years.
President Nevious has worked to ensure not only a quality education for the students of Reinhardt College, but also for those in Georgia and the region, working with various academic and professional groups.
He represented Reinhardt College in the community as an elected member of the Cherokee County Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, an advisory board member of the Cherokee Family Violence Center, a member of the Board of Directors of the Cherokee County YMCA, and a member of the Rotary Club of Canton.
He and his family are active members of the Waleska United Methodist Church, in the Hagan Chapel on the campus of Reinhardt College.
President Nevious will remain as a consultant to the Board of Trustees until June 30. By that date, Mr. Johnston said, Reinhardt College expects to have in place an interim president, who will serve until a permanent president is elected, prior to the 2002-2003 academic year. In the interim, Kevin Mahaney, Reinhardt's current Vice President for Finance and Administration, will serve as Acting Chief Administrative Officer of the College.
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