Gerald Rinehart recently retired as the Vice Provost for Student Affairs and Dean of Students at the University of Minnesota. His 35 years of senior administrative experience includes 20 years as Assistant Dean and Director of Undergraduate Programs in the University’s Carlson School of Management. While with the Carlson School, Rinehart spearheaded the School’s conversion from an upper division program to a freshman admitting college. His enrollment management efforts contributed to the school’s developing an undergraduate program noted for its diversity and outstanding retention and graduation rates. He also served as chair of the University’s Council of Undergraduate Deans and chair of the Council of Academic Professionals and Administrators. He co-chaired the University’s Task Force on Retention and Graduation Rates, which spurred campus-wide changes and resulted in tripling of these rates over a ten year period. On a national level, Rinehart was a founding member of the National Undergraduate Business Symposium and served as Co-Chair of the APLU Student Affairs Council. As Vice Provost for Student Affairs, he coordinated the work of sixteen units providing support services and developmental opportunities for all students on the Twin Cities campus. His work with faculty and staff led to the adoption of the University’s Student Development Outcomes as campus-wide expectations for students. In addition, he initiated the inclusion of Gallup’s Strength-based assessment as part of the University’s freshmen orientation programs.
Rinehart began his career at the Minnesota as a doctoral student in the English department. He has a bachelor of arts from Dartmouth College, a Master of Arts degree from Middlebury College in Vermont, and am MBA from the University of Minnesota’s Carlson School.