Dr. David Rehm
The Provost has primary responsibility for the excellence and integrity of the Mount’s academic programs. The Provost oversees the deans of each of the University’s four “schools” – the College of Liberal Arts, the School of Business, the School of Education and Human Services, and the School of Natural Science and Mathematics. In addition, the Provost oversees the administrative offices that serve those academic programs, as well as Admissions, the Library, the Center for Professional and Continuing Studies, and Summer School.
Dr. David Rehm was appointed Provost in February 2007. Prior to that, he served ten months as Interim Vice President. From June 2004 through April 2006, he served as Dean for Academic Affairs. Dr. Rehm came to the Mount in 1995 as Assistant Professor of Philosophy. He was hired primarily because of his work in ancient philosophy; his expertise lies in late ancient Greek philosophy – especially Plotinus, the 3rd century Greek philosopher who significantly influenced the intellectual development of St. Augustine. In 1997, Dr. Rehm was appointed Director of the Mount's nationally acclaimed Freshman Seminar program, a position he held through 2003. He also served as the chair of the Undergraduate Academic Committee from 2000-2002. He was promoted to Associate Professor of Philosophy in 2001 and to Professor of Philosophy in 2010. In 2002, he won the John Richards Award for Teaching Excellence, and in 2003, he won a national award, the First-Year Advocate Award from the National Resource Center for the First Year Experience and Students in Transition, honoring his work with first-year college students. He also won, in 2005, the Honors Program Distinguished Service Award. From 2002 through 2005, he co-chaired (with Dr. Michael Towle) the Mount's reaccreditation process through Middle States Commission on Higher Education.
Dr. Rehm is actively engaged with the profession. In recent years, he has presented papers on retention (“No Student Falls Through the Cracks: A ‘Catholic’ Approach to Retention”), on college preparation among high school students (“Fundamentals of the Humanities From High School to College: The Sentence as the Foundation of Grammar and Argument” – with his wife, Nancy Rehm), on Catholic higher education (“The Role of Neoplatonism in Catholicism and Catholic Higher Education”), and on Plotinus (“Neoplatonism and Community”). Dr. Rehm has also served as an evaluator and a team chair for the Middle States Commission on Higher Education. Dr. Rehm received his B.A. from Oberlin College in 1983 and his Ph.D. from the University of Chicago in 1994. He is married to Nancy Rehm, a high-school teacher in Biglerville, PA, and they have two children, Alex Rehm and Remee Klos.