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Timothy M. Renick, PhD

On November 1, 2020, Dr. Timothy Renick became Founding Executive Director of Georgia State University’s new National Institute for Student Success. Immediately before this transition, Dr. Renick served as Senior Vice President for Student Success and Professor of Religious Studies.

Since 2008, Dr. Renick has led strategies, initiatives and programs that have established Georgia State as an internationally recognized leader in student success and enrollment efforts. Under Dr. Renick’s leadership, Georgia State has produced one of the fastest growing graduation rates in the nation and has eliminated achievement gaps based on students’ race, ethnicity and income levels.

Dr. Renick has testified on strategies for helping university students succeed before the U. S. Senate and has twice been invited to speak at the White House. His work has been cited by President Barack Obama and has been covered by national news media, including the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, Time and CNN.

Dr. Renick was named one of 2016’s Most Innovative People in Higher Education by Washington Monthly, was the recipient of the 2015-16 Award for National Leadership in Student Success Innovation and was awarded the 2018 McGraw Prize in Higher Education. Dr. Renick is principal investigator for a $9 million U.S. Department of Education grant to study the impact of predictive-analytics-based advisement on 10,000 low-income and first-generation students nationally.

He has previously served as Chair of the Department of Religious Studies and Director of the Honors Program. A summa cum laude graduate of Dartmouth College, Dr. Renick holds master’s and doctor’s degrees in religion from Princeton University.