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Reinhardt, Cherokee County, Ga. Chick-fil-A Establish Educational Pathway Partnership

Reinhardt University and local Chick-fil-A owner/operator, Kevin Williams, are joining forces to support emerging leaders in the Chick-fil-A organization.

Reinhardt University and Chick-fil-A Canton celebrated a new partnership Friday. Pictured, front row, from left, are: Hayden Holcomb, the first Chick-fil-A team member to be a part of the program, Kevin Williams, owner/operator of Chick-fil-A Canton and Reinhardt Trustee, Reinhardt President Dr. Kina S. Mallard, and Reinhardt Provost Dr. Mark Roberts; back row, from left, Dr. Dana Hall, coordinator of Reinhardt’s MBA program, Jennifer Prine, director of professional studies and graduate admissions, and Dr. Steve Morse, dean of the McCamish School of Business and Sport Studies

Reinhardt President Kina S. Mallard, Provost Mark A. Roberts and Williams signed a partnership agreement Friday that creates a pathway for Chick-fil-A team members to get financial assistance as they earn their degrees and advance in leadership responsibilities within the Chick-fil-A organization.

“One of Reinhardt’s strategic goals is to connect with community businesses in innovative ways,” Mallard said. “Together, Chick-fil-A and Reinhardt University have created a partnership that develops emerging leaders within the Chick-fil-A Canton organization.”

“We are seeking to raise up leaders through this MBA partnership with Reinhardt University and Chick-fil-A Canton that builds on our mission of Creating Moments of Kindness,” said Williams, who also serves as a member of the Reinhardt University Board of Trustees. “We have no greater goal than to glorify God by how we serve others. We believe when you learn to lead with this as a priority the results can be extraordinary.”

The partnership creates an organized structure, allowing Chick-fil-A Canton team members from the three locations owned and operated by Williams – Riverstone, Canton Marketplace and Hickory Flat – to receive discounted tuition toward a Master of Business Administration.

First-year MBA student and Chick-fil-A Canton team member Hayden Holcomb said he is honored to be one of the first team members chosen to participate in the MBA Leader Development Program.

“This partnership is making a dream come true as it gives me the opportunity to grow with an amazing brand while earning my MBA,” he said. “I am able to use my work experience through this extraordinary opportunity with Reinhardt University to apply what I am learning to my experiences working with Chick-fil-A Canton.”

The partnership agreement – also supported by Scholarship America – allows Chick-fil-A Canton team members and their immediate family members to receive discounted tuition for any undergraduate online program, including an Associate of Business Administration, Bachelor of Business Administration, Associate of Science in Criminal Justice, Bachelor of Criminal Justice, Bachelor of Healthcare Administration and the RN to BSN program.

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Reinhardt’s Bill Popp named NAIA Athletic Director of the Year

KANSAS CITY, MO. (Sept. 17, 2018) – After one of the finest years both in the classroom and on the playing field for Reinhardt University, the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) national office announced Monday that Vice President for Athletics and Athletic Director Bill Popp has been selected as the 2018 NAIA Athletics Director of the Year.

Reinhardt's Bill Popp named NAIA Athletic Director of the Year

“The NAIA is thrilled to award Bill Popp this honor,” NAIA President and CEO Jim Carr said. “His dedication and integrity set an outstanding example for all NAIA athletics directors, and we’re extremely fortunate for his insight and contributions at the association level.”

Popp – a three-time recipient of the Appalachian Athletic Conference (AAC) Athletic Director of the Year (2017-18, 2015-16, 2012-13) – now collects NAIA Athletics Director of the Year for the first time in his 14 years at Reinhardt.

“This has been a tremendous year for Reinhardt Athletics,” said Popp. “Our programs have experienced the most successful year to date, culminating with receiving the AAC Duard Walker trophy. To then be individually recognized amongst such an amazing peer group, is truly humbling.”

This prestigious national accolade comes shortly after Reinhardt Athletics received the 2017-18 AAC Duard Walker All-Sports Trophy for the first time in school history – an award established as a way of recognizing member institutions with the most successful all-around sports program for the year.

The Eagles also took home the Men’s All-Sports Trophy after combining for 813.75 points throughout the 2017-18 athletic calendar, and Tennessee Wesleyan was next in line with 733.333 points.

In 2017-2018, Reinhardt teams amassed over 140 All-Academic student-athletes, 75 All-Conference student-athletes, 11 national championship appearances, 11 regular-season or conference championships, nine Coach of the Year recognitions and eight Player of the Year recipients.

Additionally, men’s lacrosse won the 2018 NAIA Men’s Lacrosse National Invitational to earn the Eagles back-to-back national titles.

“I don’t know of a more deserving athletics director in the NAIA than Bill Popp,” AAC Commissioner John Sullivan said. “His leadership, strength of character and expertise have been instrumental in the growth and success of the athletics program at Reinhardt University.

“He is clearly a rising star and a great human being,” Sullivan added.

Popp, the vice president of the AAC, also serves on several boards within the NAIA. Presently, he is the Vice Chair of the National Administrative Counsel, the Chair of the National Drug Testing and Education Committee, and is a member of the NAIA’s Athletic Directors Association Board of Directors.

Through his leadership University wide, Reinhardt has developed more athletic programs, including football, all with a foundation of high academic standards and community service. The University, in 2017-18, had 106 Eagle Scholars – student-athletes with a GPA of 3.75 or higher – and an average GPA across all 22 teams of 3.15. Solely in the 2017-18 academic year, Reinhardt student-athletes performed nearly 1,000 service hours in the community with softball leading the way with more than 400 service hours.

“Reinhardt University is fortunate to have Coach Popp at the helm of our athletic department. He and his team of coaches and administrative staff have created an environment that encourages student-athletes to flourish at Reinhardt University,” said President Kina S. Mallard. “We are proud of all of Coach Popp’s accomplishments, and grateful for his leadership across the University.”

Reinhardt Jumps in Rankings Again at U.S. News & World Report, College Consensus

Reinhardt University’s continuing growth, strength and commitment to its students is being recognized, once again, in recently released U.S. News & World Report and College Consensus rankings.

Reinhardt jumped to the 25th spot in the 2019 U.S. News & World Report’s Best Regional College South rankings, according to information released Monday. In the same poll, Reinhardt was ranked No. 29 in 2018 and No. 54 the prior year.

College Consensus, a ranking that combines data from the most respected college ranking publications and the most reliable student review sites online, ranked Reinhardt No. 10 in Georgia out of all colleges and universities in the state. In this poll, Reinhardt is in impressive company with the University of Georgia, Georgia Tech and Emory University.

“Anytime Reinhardt is recognized for excellence is a day for celebration,” said President Kina S. Mallard. “The fact that students are perceiving and acknowledging the strengths we know are at the core of Reinhardt University is reward in and of itself. To have peer institutions recognize and report on our thriving institution is an acknowledgement of the fine faculty and staff we’ve assembled whose focus is solely on creating the unique Reinhardt Experience where each student thrives.”

Also reported in U.S. News & World Report were rankings of the Best Colleges for Veterans with Reinhardt coming in at No. 10 and Best Value Schools in Regional Colleges South with Reinhardt ranked 16th. While U.S. News & World Report recommends taking scores into consideration when choosing a college, they also say to allow it to be one of the many factors used when making the decision on where to earn a degree.

“Of course, we are grateful for the recognition as we continue to climb in rankings like those of U.S. News & World Report and College Consensus, because rankings like these validate externally the intellectual work performed internally by our faculty and students every day,” said Provost Mark A. Roberts. “At Reinhardt, we have a proud tradition and solid dedication to teaching and learning in a way that educates the whole person, and this is what we are most proud of as we receive such recognition.”

This fall, Reinhardt has already enrolled more than 1,500 students and expects to finish near 1,600 in total enrollment when its non-traditional enrollment is completed in October.

Reinhardt offers more than 40 undergraduate programs and five graduate degrees, serving students on campus and online. The 135-year-old institution is located in the fastest growing county in Georgia, Cherokee County, and serves both traditional and non-traditional students at locations in Canton, Cartersville, Cumming, Jasper, Woodstock and its main campus in Waleska. Reinhardt University is affiliated with the United Methodist Church.