Dr. Rosalind Reichard has brought new energy and focus to Emory & Henry College as its 20th president. Upon her arrival, she involved the entire community in developing a new strategic plan that is now guiding and directing the College into the future. A strong, new academic curriculum was developed to build on its outstanding reputation as one of the nation’s best liberal arts institutions. She led a campus-wide effort to develop a comprehensive facilities master plan, which included a $12 million renovation and expansion project for two of the College’s most historic buildings, Byars and Wiley halls. Dr. Reichard also implemented a $23.5 million dollar capital campaign to raise funds to enhance the College’s athletic fields by adding artificial turf and lighting and to plan for the construction of a new field house and center for the arts. Currently, she is focusing on renovating and building new housing units to improve the residential experience for students while increasing enrollment.
Dr. Reichard serves as one of five members from Virginia on the Board of Trustees of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools – Commission on Colleges, the regional accreditation agency for the southeastern United States. She is also an elected member of the University Senate of the United Methodist Church, which reviews accreditation at United Methodist-related higher education institutions. She serves on the Steering Committee for the American College & University Presidents’ Climate Commitment. Dr. Reichard is a member of the Division III Presidents Council for the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA). She also serves as president of the Old Dominion Athletic Association (ODAC), a 14-member sports league in which Emory & Henry College participates, and as secretary of the Council of Independent Colleges in Virginia (CICV). In addition, Dr. Reichard serves on the board of directors for the United Way of the Russell and Washington counties and was board chair in 2008-09. She is a member of the Rotary Club of Abingdon, Va., and Emory United Methodist Church.
Dr. Reichard earned a B.A. degree in mathematics from Harpur College SUNY Binghamton, and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in mathematics from Michigan State University. Prior to arriving at Emory & Henry, Dr. Reichard served as senior vice president for academic affairs at Meredith College in Raleigh. She began her education career as a mathematics professor at Elon University in Elon, N.C., where she later served as dean of science.
President Reichard is married to Dr. Donald J. Reichard, retired associate vice chancellor for planning and institutional research and faculty member in higher education at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. The Reichards have two married sons, Steve, a Cleveland physician, and Jeff, a Greensboro attorney.