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Dr. Rose Reinhart

New Interim Registrar Dr. Rose Reinhart

Ely Cook

Dr. Rose Reinhart, the new Interim Registrar for the 2022-2023 school year, may only be here for one year, but she plans to use her long-term acquired experience to benefit Manchester University “to the best of her ability.”

Reinhart was born and raised in South Dakota and decided to get her bachelor’s in Speech Communications and further her education after high school at South Dakota State University. Then she decided to get her masters and doctorate at the University of South Dakota in Educational Administration. Most recently, she was the Interim Registrar at Westminster College in New Wilmington, PA. However, before Manchester University and Westminster College, she also worked at Baltimore Community College in Baltimore, MD, and Rhodes State College in Lima, OH. All her previous jobs ranged from Interim Registrar, Academic Affairs, to Dean of Enrollment Management.

She decided to come to Manchester University, because part of her career focus is to take interim positions until someone is hired permanently to replace her. Not only did she come here because of the job, but she also really enjoys being here as well. “I loved it,” she said. “I started my work in higher education. It is a small, private, liberal arts college, which is what I really enjoy being at.”

While at Manchester, Reinhart wishes to accomplish a couple things: to “provide some stability and consistency.” Also, she wants to move a lot of the office processes online, rather than keeping them so “form” intensive on paper.

Reinhart also wishes to bring in new students while she is here. One of the tactics she has for that is overseeing dual enrollment, which is an option students can choose, normally in high school, to take college courses. Then, the credits they take during high school for college credit would be transferred to the college they select.

She also recommends that new students, faculty and staff to come to Manchester. “There is a ton of potential here,” she said. “If you want to get a flavor for a lot of different areas, go to a small private college, because you get the opportunity to try somethings that you would never get to try if you were at Indiana University, Notre Dame, Michigan or Ohio State.”

She also recommends that students try her occupation as well. “Absolutely, positively yes,” she said. “For me, being a registrar is the best of both worlds in higher education. I have one foot in student affairs, where I get to work with students on registration, interviews, getting them ready for graduation, and making sure they know how to maneuver through the bureaucracy of higher education. Then, I have the other foot in academic affairs, where I get to work with faculty on curriculum, academic policies, catalog, and those kinds of things, and for me that’s perfect.”

Reinhart has many hobbies she enjoys, such as sitting back and relaxing on her deck or garden, but she also likes the ice. “I live, breathe, and die for hockey,” she said. For 10 years, she lived in Pittsburgh, PA, and became a big fan of the Pittsburgh Penguins. “My favorite player was Marc Andre Fleury,” she said. “He got sent to the Las Vegas Golden Knights, then to the Chicago Blackhawks, and now he is with the Minnesota Wild. My entire family is really into hockey.”

There are a few things Reinhart wants the student body of Manchester University to know. “I will do what I can to the best of my ability to help them reach their goals, whether that’s a degree from Manchester University, a certificate, or to transfer,” she said. “Whatever their goal is, I am here to help them reach that goal. I will not do it for them. I am not going to go to class. I am not going to change their grade, but I will partner with them for the entire experience.”

Reinhart is only planning to stay here for one year, but she is confident and convinced that Manchester University is a great place to be, and she will do everything she can to make sure the experience is worthwhile. “I am often a part of new student orientation,” she said. “I see the new students come in, and see students that are shy, unsure, a bit immature, and not quite confident in what they are doing. Fast forward four years, maybe five, and I watch that same student that was so unsure of themselves walk across that stage to receive their diploma, and that is the best feeling in the world.”

And she is committed to MU students. The biggest thing she wants the students at Manchester University to know is, “The year that I am here I will be their biggest cheerleader, their biggest fan, and sometimes the biggest pain in their butt if that’s what they need to get to where they need to go,” she said with a warm smile.