On Feb. 12, 2015, the Board of Trustees of Reinhardt University announced the selection of Dr. Kina S. Mallard as the institution's 20th president. She was chosen by a vote of the full board, and she will assume the office on July 1, 2015.
An experienced academic leader, Mallard comes to Reinhardt from Carson-Newman University, Jefferson City, Tenn., where she has served as executive vice president and provost since 2012. She was Carson-Newman’s provost and vice president for academic affairs from 2009 to 2012. Prior to Carson-Newman, she held academic leadership posts at Gordon College, Wenham, Mass., and Union University, Jackson, Tenn. Her teaching career began in 1982 as a graduate teaching associate at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, Tenn. She also taught fine arts at North Greenville College, Tigerville, S.C., in the mid-1980s.
Mallard has a Doctorate in Communication and a Master of Arts in Organizational Communication from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, Tenn., and a Bachelor of Science in Speech and Theatre from Middle Tennessee State University, Murfreesboro, Tenn. Many of her published works address academic leadership (finding joy in work), communication, and private and Christian higher education..
Mallard is married to Steve Dietz, and together, they have five children.