TROY - Troy University officials have announced the appointment of Dr. James F. Rinehart as dean of its College of Arts and Sciences effective Feb. 1.
Dr. Rinehart, professor of political science and former chair of the Department of Political Science, has been a member of the TROY faculty since 1995 and served as interim associate dean of the College of Arts and Sciences since 2008.
"We are fortunate to have someone with Dr. Rinehart's vision and experience to lead our College of Arts and Sciences," said Dr. Jack Hawkins, Jr., Chancellor. "During his time as a member of the Troy University faculty, he has clearly demonstrated an unwavering commitment to providing challenging educational experiences that not only equip our students with the foundational knowledge of our world and how it operates, but also prepares them to succeed through the development of decision-making and problem-solving skills."
Rinehart received his Ph.D. in International Relations from the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University. He is the author of two books: Revolution and the Millennium: China, Mexico, and Iran (Westport, CT: Praeger, 1997) and Apocalyptic Faith and Political Violence: Prophets of Terror (New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2006; Updated and Expanded Edition, 2010), as well as numerous articles and academic papers on the subjects of religion and international politics, revolution, terrorism, American foreign policy, and international law & conflict management. Dr. Rinehart also makes regular appearances on public affairs programming throughout the state discussing political issues and current events.
Rinehart holds a BA in Economics from the University of Florida and is a member of Florida Blue Key Honor Fraternity. He was a ROTC graduate and commissioned an officer in the U.S. Army Reserve, where he served for eight years rising to the rank of Captain.
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, Ft. Bragg, N.C. He was also its Academic Director.
He has 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 and Psychological Operations Regiment in recognition of his contributions to the CA and PSYOP community.
"I have the highest regard for and confidence in the leadership Dr. Rinehart will provide for the College of Arts and Sciences for the years to come," said Dr. Earl Ingram, Senior Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs.
In the 1970s and 80s, Rinehart worked in the international OTC pharmaceutical and health care sector. During this time he held management and executive positions with Johnson & Johnson, Schering Laboratories (division of Merck & Co.), and most recently was a vice president of Chattem Laboratories (now a unit of Sanofi US).
University officials also announced the appointment effective Feb. 1 of Dr. Don Jeffrey as Interim Dean of the College of Education in advance of a national search for the Dean's position. Dr. Jeffrey is Vice Chancellor of Troy University's Dothan Campus and previously served as Interim Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences.
On Jan. 1, Dr. Lance Tatum, who previously served as Dean of the College of Education, assumed the duties of Vice Chancellor of Global Campus, which includes more than 50 TROY teaching locations in 16 states outside of Alabama, plus eTROY, the University's distance-learning operation.