TROY - Dr. James F. "Jim" Rinehart, dean of the College of Arts and Sciences and professor of international relations at Troy University, died on Sunday in a Montgomery hospital. He was 64.
Dr. Rinehart had served as dean since 2012 and previously served as associate dean from 2008 to 2012, and chair of the Department of Political Science from 2001-2008.
"Troy University has lost a true Trojan," said Dr. Jack Hawkins, Jr., Chancellor. "Dr. Rinehart's 20 years of service to Troy University as a professor and later as dean of the College of Arts and Sciences was characterized by dedicated service, effective leadership, and a commitment to putting students first. He and his wife, Betty, have made a huge difference in the life of our University and the Troy community, and he will be greatly missed."
Dr. Bill Grantham, Associate Dean of Arts and Sciences, said students were always Dr. Rinehart's priority.
"Dr. Rinehart loved his family first, but he loved teaching and loved being dean of Arts and Sciences," Dr. Grantham said. "He always kept the students' best interests at the forefront of his priorities and enjoyed keeping in touch with and following the successes of our students after graduation. Dr. Rinehart was totally dedicated to the college and, in his relatively short time as dean, he moved the college ahead tremendously by instituting new courses and programs."
A former U.S. Army captain, Dr. Rinehart, received his bachelor's degree in economics from the University of Florida in 1972 and earned a Master of Social Science degree in international relations from the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University in 1991. He earned his doctorate degree in international relations from Syracuse in 1993. Prior to joining the TROY faculty, Dr. Rinehart served as an adjunct assistant professor of political science at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga.
From 1995 to 2001, Dr. Rinehart taught in the Graduate Program in International Relations at the United States Army John F. Kennedy Special Warfare Center and School (USAJFKSWCS), Ft. Bragg, North Carolina. He was also its Academic Director.
He also served as a teaching participant in simulated exercises at the U.S. Army War College and as a consultant to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. In 2010, Rinehart was designated by the Secretary of the Army as an honorary member of the U.S. Army Civil Affairs (CA) and Psychological Operations (PSYOP) Regiment in recognition of his contributions to the CA and PSYOP community.
In the 1970s and 1980s, Rinehart worked in the international over-the-counter pharmaceutical and health care sector, during which he held management and executive positions with Johnson & Johnson, Schering Laboratories (division of Merck & Co.), and Chattem Laboratories.