After beginning a nationwide search for a candidate to fill a Chief Nursing Administrator position, Southeastern University (SEU) has announced that it has hired Dr. Mark Reinhardt to take the role.
Officially beginning in March, Reinhardt serves as a visionary leader for all of the university’s nursing programs, faculty and students. As the Chief Nursing Administrator, he will maintain the oversight of disciplinary partnerships, initiatives and projects, as well as the prioritization of excellence in program design across all deliveries at the undergraduate and graduate levels.
One of Reinhardt’s first objectives within his new position is to launch two programs within the College of Natural & Health Sciences — a Doctor of Nursing Practice with a focus in behavioral health and a dual Master’s of Science in Nursing and Master of Business Administration degree. Pending approval from the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges and the Florida Board of Nursing, Reinhardt also plans to introduce an Associate’s Degree in Nursing in the fall of 2023.
Prior to coming to Southeastern, Reinhardt served as a professor and the associate dean (chief academic officer) of Valdosta State University’s School of Nursing in Georgia. He was also the dean of the University of Lynchburg’s School of Nursing and the department chair and coordinator of the family nurse practitioner program at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi.
In addition to his background in higher education, Reinhardt is a retired army officer with over 20 years of active duty. He has served in deployed settings, combat support hospitals and fixed hospitals, in positions ranging from medic to chief of emergency and ambulatory nursing. He was the officer-in-charge of the Emergency Department in Iraq and during Hurricane Katrina and has been awarded the Bronze Star Medal, the Humanitarian Service Medal, and the Expert Field Medal Badge.