Jeanine Rhea was born in Plattsmouth, Nebraska. Rhea earned her bachelor’s degree in education from the University of Nebraska in 1961, a master’s degree from Memphis State University in 1969, and a doctorate degree from Oklahoma State University in 1975.
Rhea, Professor Emeritus in the Department of Management in the William S. Spears School of Business at Oklahoma State University, taught at OSU from 1976 to 2004. After receiving a grant from OSU, Rhea conducted research in the area of women in management. She developed a college course from this research called “administrative strategies for women in business”, which developed into “managing diversity in the workplace”; this course has gained her recognition across the nation, and thousands of students have since participated in the course.
Rhea has served as faculty facilitator and moderator for Women’s Business Leadership Program for 12 years. This program was established in 1990 through a partnership of the Oklahoma International Women’s Forum and the OSU William S. Spears School of Business. These two groups have also partnered to create an endowed professorship at OSU in Rhea’s name.
Rhea is currently a Performance Consultant for Greenwood Performance Systems, Inc.
Rhea is involved in several professional organizations, including the National Communication Association, American Society for Training and Development, Southwest Administrative Services Association, Association for Business Communication, Delta Mu Delta, Beta Gamma Sigma, and Delta Phi Epsilon. She has served on many committees and boards, published a number of journal articles, written successful grants, and presented talks around the United States.
Rhea has received a number of prestigious awards over the years, including being inducted into the Oklahoma Higher Education Hall of Fame in 2007, the Oklahoma Women’s Hall of Fame in 2005, the Top Fifty Women of the Year in Oklahoma from the Journal Record in 1998, the U.S. Small Business Administration Women in Business Advocate of the Year in 1997, Kenneth D. and Leitner Greiner Teaching Award in 1995, Outstanding Woman of the Year by the Cimarron Chapter of Business and Professional Women in 1982, Amoco Outstanding Teacher Award in 1980, and many others.
She is married to Jim Rhea; they have two daughters, a son, five granddaughters, a great grandson and great granddaughter.
(Bio current as of 2009)