Stephen H. Rhinesmith, MPIA ’66, PhD ‘72
Stephen H. Rhinesmith earned his bachelor’s degree from Wesleyan University in 1965 and received his MPIA and PhD degrees from GSPIA in 1966 and 1972, respectively. Rhinesmith began his career in 1972 as president and chief executive officer of American Field Service International Student Exchange Program (AFS), a position he held until 1982. He was then named president of Holland American Cruise Lines, and from 1986-87, President Reagan appointed him special ambassador to the Soviet Union. In this position, he worked to improve cultural, educational, and citizen contacts between the U.S. and Soviet Union as Reagan’s coordinator for U.S.-Soviet Exchanges. He was also the founding chairman of the Organizational Sociology Department at Moscow State University, which helped Russian students and managers develop the skills necessary to work in a democratic, free-market society.
In 1994 Rhinesmith served as chairman of the American Society for Training and Development (ASTD), the leading professional association in the United States. He is the 1998 recipient of ASTD’s Gordon M. Bliss Memorial Award, given for lifetime contribution to the training and development profession and outstanding service to the world community. Throughout his career, Rhinesmith has been a consultant to the World Bank, the Ford and Carter administrations, and several Fortune 100 corporations. He has served as president of his own consulting firm, Rhinesmith and Associates, Inc., and since 2004 has been a senior partner at Oliver Wyman (formerly CDR International), a firm that specializes in coaching and developing global executive leaders. In his position as senior partner, Rhinesmith consults with companies on the development of leadership pipelines that will create the talent necessary for future global competitiveness. He has written several books on the subject, including A Manager’s Guide to Globalization in 1992 and co-authored Head, Heart & Guts: How the World’s Best Companies Develop Complete Leaders in 2006.