Robert G. McKinnon, Reinhardt's new vice president for finance and administration, began his duties at the College on March 24, 2008. McKinnon replaced James T. Hakes, who served in the position from August 2004 until his retirement this past December.
McKinnon brings to the College more than 30 years of experience in private higher education. He previously worked at McKendree University in Lebannon, Ill.; Newberry College in Newberry, S.C.; Clark Atlanta University in Atlanta; Mercer University in Macon; and the United States Air Force Academy.
"I believe that we are called to work in higher education, rather than just accepting it as a job," he explained. "I have been impressed with how many people at Reinhardt espouse that philosophy, and it shows in their daily activities. When we work together to make things happen, we can accomplish almost anything that we set out to do."
He also worked for the international accounting and consulting firm KPMG Peat Marwick as a partner specializing in higher education. Along with serving in higher education, McKinnon is a certified public accountant and information systems auditor.
"I have worked in a number of different kinds of institutions and organizations in finance and administration positions of varying degrees," said McKinnon. "I hope to blend my background with those of others at Reinhardt to foster excellence in all that we strive to accomplish."
In the short time that he has been at Reinhardt, McKinnon has already seen what makes Reinhardt different -- the people who make it a family." His plans are to support the community of Reinhardt through his work ethic philosophy of building, cooperation, teamwork and mutual respect among all members of the community--students, faculty and staff."
McKinnon, a resident of Atlanta, enjoys gardening, listening to classical music and photography. He is a Vietnam veteran who served as an Air Force officer controlling air strikes, aerial refueling and search and rescue missions; he now serves his church, Rehoboth Presbyterian Church in Decatur, Ga., as an elder. McKinnon and his wife, Nancy, have three grown children and eight grandchildren.
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