Rosalind R. Reichard -- a mathematician, a professor, and an academic administrator -- was elected by the Board of Trustees as the 20th President of Emory & Henry College on June 14, 2006. She came to Emory & Henry following six years at Meredith College in Raleigh, North Carolina, where she served as senior vice president and vice president for academic affairs and professor of mathematics.
Inspired by the motto "Increase in Excellence," the first faculty challenged students to grow and develop intellectually, spiritually and physically. Today, our mission continues to focus on students as they follow a path of intellectual and spiritual growth on their way to successful futures. That mission, in turn, is extended to others through a broad program of active engagement and community service.
Since joining Emory & Henry College, President Reichard's leadership has created space for others to dream, to envision, and to be excited about the mission and potential of the College. President Reichard's first year was marked by a number of significant initiatives and projects. Within her first three months in office, President Reichard identified the need to renovate two of the College's historic buildings, Byars Hall and Wiley Hall, and to secure $10 million in financing necessary for these projects.
From the time many years ago when I first heard about Emory & Henry College, I knew it was a special place -- a place of promise. Here in the highlands of southwestern Virginia, surrounded by the Appalachian and Blue Ridge Mountains, the connection between people and place is deep and strong. Here in southwestern Virginia, there is a seamless bond between the land and the people ...