Dr. Mallard's Biography

Kina S. Mallard, Ph.D.

Kina S. Mallard, Ph.D., became the twentieth President of Reinhardt University on May 16, 2015. Built on Reinhardt's historic values of faith, learning, and leading, Dr. Mallard's vision is to create a unique Reinhardt Experience where each student thrives. The Reinhardt Experience aims to enliven the University's present in order to enrich Reinhardt's future.

Dr. Mallard brings to Reinhardt over 30 years of experience in higher education most recently at Carson-Newman University where she was executive vice president and provost. Before coming to Carson­Newman in 2009, she served as academic dean at Gordon College (Massachusetts), and associate provost and department chair at Union University (Tennessee). She began her career teaching at the University of Tennessee (Knoxville) and North Greenville College (South Carolina).

For most of her career, Dr. Mallard has contributed research and writing in the area of faculty and leadership development. Many of her published works address academic leadership, management, communication and private higher education. Her most recent article, written since assuming the presidency at Reinhardt, "Inaugural Transitions: Providing the Start That All Presidents and Institutions Deserve," appears in the most recent issue of Trusteeship magazine. Since coming to Reinhardt, Mallard has become a frequent speaker in the community and a contributor to the local newspaper, the Cherokee Tribune.

Recognized for her teaching abilities, she was named Tennessee Communication Educator of the Year in 1999, received two Innovative Teaching Awards from Union University, and was named Faculty of the Year at Union in 1995. In 2006 Union University's Outstanding Communications Student Award was renamed the Kina S. Mallard Communication Arts Student of the Year Award.

President Mallard has also dedicated herself to professional and community service having served in leadership roles for over 30 organizations including Council for Independent Colleges, Council for Christian Colleges and Universities, Professional and Organizational Development in Higher Education, Appalachian College Association, Jefferson County Chamber of Commerce, and Leadership Jackson in Jackson, TN. Since moving to Cherokee County, Mallard has been named to the Cherokee County Chamber of Commerce Board and the United Community Bank Board.

A native of Knoxville, Tenn., Mallard graduated from Middle Tennessee State University with the B.S. in Speech and Theatre. She earned the M.A. in Organizational Communication from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville in 1983, and the Ph.D. from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, in 1991.

Mallard is married to Steve Dietz, and together they have five children: Kaylen Mallard, Brad Dietz (Mallory), Kristin Elizabeth Nelson (Jeffery), Amelia Mallard Faulkner (Kyle), and Rebecca Dietz. In August 2015 they welcomed their first grandchild, Adeline Reese Dietz. Steve is the director of business development for Food Donation Connection. FDC coordinates and manages food donation programs internationally, providing surplus foods from restaurants, grocery stores and other venues to soup kitchens, food banks, and other agencies that feed those in need.

Dr. Kina S. Mallard, Reinhardt University President