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Photo left to right: Dr. Linda Morgan, Dr. Martha Shaw, Dr. Michelle Harlow

By Suzy Alstrin

Following remarkable careers that impacted the Reinhardt community, several faculty and employees now look to new adventures in retirement. A celebration of their contributions took place at the president’s home earlier this week.

Dr. Linda Morgan, Interim Dean of the Cauble School of Nursing and Health Sciences contributed to the success of the new nursing program during her six years at Reinhardt. She stepped in as dean and led the University through a CCNE accreditation in her first year. “Her calm demeanor and thoughtful leadership were evident in the positive outcome of that visit,” says Provost Dr. John Miles. Both students and faculty appreciate her personally and professionally. “If you know Linda, you know her heart for the students. She always kept the students at the forefront of conversations. She was always good counsel, and when there was a need, she was there to take on that leadership role,” said University President Mark A. Roberts, Ph.D.

Following 12 years serving as Director of Choral Activities and Professor of Music, Dr. Roberts says Dr. Martha Shaw is renowned for her “incredible ability to bring beautiful voices out of groups of people. She teaches people how to indulge in the blessing of our voices. When we are in the presence of that art, it is emotionally moving.” School of the Arts Dean Dr. Tarrant described the loss that will be felt, “Martha Shaw’s unique blend of outstanding musicianship and personal care for her students is a special quality that has defined her role as a Reinhardt faculty member.  She will be deeply missed by everyone.” Dr. Shaw’s retirement plans include continuing to direct the Young Singers of Flint Hall, an opportunity for 10 to 14-year-olds in north Georgia based out of the Falany Performing Arts Center.

With an impressive tenure of 35 years at Reinhardt, the legacy left by Dr. Michelle Harlow, Associate Professor of English is one of energetically teaching the critical skill of thinking through writing, as well as exposing students to extraordinary things in the world. Dr. Ken Wheeler, Dean of the College of Humanities, Sciences, and Technology and Professor of History says, “Students loved Dr. Harlow because she was blunt — she used sarcasm generously, but nobody ever had to wonder what she meant. Professor Harlow took away the guessing and told you the straight truth about your writing or behavior.  Students found it refreshing and helpful.”

Adjunct Professor of Religion, Barbara Lingerfelt Stamey also holds Dr. Harlow in high esteem, as the longest serving professor at Reinhardt, “Her dedication and commitment have been instrumental in shaping the academic and cultural landscape of Reinhardt. It is essential to recognize the profound impact she has had on countless young lives throughout her career. Her unwavering dedication to student success and personal growth has left an indelible mark on our campus community.”

Other 2024 retirees include library assistant Rebecca Goodwin who was known for being terrific with students and for sharing her quick wit on evening shift for 27 years, and Robin Blackwell who reliably served as student account coordinator for 16 years in the business office. Controller Beverly A. Smith says, “Robin was an integral part of the Business Office and University. She was a pleasure to work with and brought a wealth of knowledge to our office. I wish her the best in her retirement.”