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Reinhardt University President Kina Mallard is resigning, effective June 30.

Reinhardt University President Kina Mallard is resigning, effective June 30 and is being replaced on an interim basis by Executive Vice President and Provost Mark Roberts starting July 1, the university Board of Trustees announced Thursday.

Roberts has been leading the university since February when trustees granted Mallard’s request for a sabbatical for the remainder of the academic year.

In an interview with the Tribune Thursday afternoon, Mallard said both her sabbatical and resignation were a result of wanting to take time away and consider her future.

“I’ve been in the profession for 30 years non-stop and had never taken a sabbatical,” Mallard said. “Sometimes it’s good to be able to take some time, clear your head. It’s hard being a university president. I’ve been at Reinhardt for five years and have loved it.”

During Mallard’s tenure the university has seen growth in enrollment, student retention, programs of study, construction of new facilities, fundraising and raised the national profile of the Waleska-based university.

Mallard said her experience at Reinhardt has been rewarding and she, along with her husband, will still be fans and supporters of the United Methodist Church-affiliated university even after she leaves. “Everyone at Reinhardt has been great to me,” she said. “Steve and I fell in love with Reinhardt University and our wider community. Reinhardt will always hold a special place in our hearts, and we will be cheering the Eagles on from afar.”

“We’ve accomplished everything I was hired to do,” Mallard said Thursday. “And we’ve put together such a strong leadership team, it makes the transition easier. Mark will do a tremendous job.”

“Dr. Mallard has provided exceptional leadership of the University during her tenure. We thank her for her service and wish her the best in her future endeavors,” said Board of Trustees Chairman Ken White. “Reinhardt has a long history of faith, learning, and leading. My fellow trustees and I have full confidence in Dr. Mark Roberts as he steps into the role of Interim President. We are confident Reinhardt’s students will continue to thrive during this time of transition.”

Mallard said Thursday she isn’t sure where her next job will be. Like everyone else, her activities have been curtailed by the coronavirus pandemic, even her job search.

“If not for the coronavirus, I might already know what my next step is,” she said. “I feel like I’ve got one more university presidency in me.”

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Gary Tanner is managing editor of The Cherokee Tribune, Cherokee Ledger-News and Cherokee Life magazine. He has been working as a journalist since 1985.

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