Valdosta State University appoints Reinhardt to the post of Associate Dean of the School of Nursing

Valdosta State University has selected Mark R. Reinhardt, DNP, RN, FNP-BC, CNS, CEN, Major, US Army (Ret), to lead the School of Nursing as Associate Dean. Dr. Reinhardt has more than 20 years of clinical nursing leadership experience in the military and another eight years of academic nursing experience in higher education.

At the time of his appointment, he was Associate Dean of the College of Health Sciences and Dean and Professor of the School of Nursing at the University of Lynchburg in Virginia. During his career, he also has taught at the College of Nursing and Health Sciences, Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi; Middle Tennessee State University, Murfreesboro; the University of Texas Medical Branch, School of Nursing, Galveston; the University of Texas, Health Science Center, School of Nursing, Houston; and the School of Nursing at Vanderbilt University, Nashville, Tenn.

During his service in the United States Army, he received the Bronze Star Medal for leadership during a deployment to Iraq and awards for his leadership in establishing the only trauma unit in New Orleans in the days following Hurricane Katrina. He also was selected as the first nurse Company Commander at Tripler Army Medical Center with more than 550 soldiers under his command. As an Associate Chief Nursing Officer, he was responsible for 13 clinical areas and had supervision of over 250 civilian and military personnel.

With a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree from Belmont University, Nashville, Tenn., Dr. Reinhardt holds a Master of Science in Nursing degree in Clinical Nurse Specialist (Leadership) and a Post-Master of Science in Nursing degree in Family/Emergency Nurse Practitioner from the University of Texas Health Science Center, Houston. He earned his Doctor of Nursing Practice degree at Vanderbilt University.