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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.

Sen. Steve Gooch Appointed as Chair of Senate Study Committee

ATLANTA (August 31, 2018)  | Sen. Steve Gooch (R – Dahlonega) has been appointed by Lt. Governor Casey Cagle to serve as Chair of the Senate Study Committee on Evaluating the School Year Calendar of Georgia Public Schools.

“As we celebrate Labor Day each year as the unofficial end of summer, most of our public schools have been back in full swing for nearly a month,” said Sen. Gooch. “Additionally, August is typically the hottest time of year when energy bills reach their peak and student athletes’ safety is a big concern. I believe that for these reasons and others, it is a good time to take a look at how we compare to other states who still utilize a more traditional school calendar with their start dates after Labor Day. We look forward to hearing from all key stakeholders on how this shift would impact our public schools, students, parents and the tourism industry. Our goal is to determine if a later start date is feasible and if it would provide additional opportunities for families to take a vacation together while increasing the availability of summer workers for our booming travel and hospitality industries. We will review these possibilities while also ensuring that there will be no disruption to the education of our children.”

“Senator Gooch’s leadership has helped guide North Georgia – and our entire state – to achieve record job growth and economic prosperity. I’m confident this study committee will diligently evaluate how local districts across our state can best align each system’s school calendar with their community’s unique needs, while ensuring that every student has access to a world-class education,” said Lt. Governor Cagle.

“The Georgia Travel Association (GATA) commends Senator Steve Gooch and the leadership of the State Senate for taking steps to fully examine Georgia’s school start date and its impact on the state’s tourism industry by establishing their Study Committee on Evaluating the School Year Calendar of Georgia Public Schools,” said Kelsey Moore, Executive Director of the Georgia Travel Association. “GATA supports the establishment of sensible guidelines to create a more uniform school start date that benefits parents, students, and the many locally-owned businesses that depend on the tourism industry to help drive Georgia’s economy.  These summer experiences, internships and job opportunities are critical components in the state’s efforts around workforce development.  We look forward to working with this committee to take a comprehensive look at an issue that has a significant impact on our students, families and communities.”