UHD President’s Lecture Series will feature award-winning educator

Dr Timothy Renick

The University of Houston-Downtown President’s Lecture Series on Justice, Equity, and Inclusion welcomes Dr. Timothy Renick, for an in-person and virtual discussion from 8:30 a.m. to 10 a.m. Friday, March 4.

Renick’s presentation “Inclusive Excellence, The Way Forward: Recommitting to Student Success” is part one of the UHD Spring 2022 Student Success and Equity Summit. Participants can Register online for the free in-person and Zoom event.

Executive Director of Georgia State University’s National Institute for Student Success, Renick, led the university’s student success from 2008 to 2020, overseeing a 62% improvement in rates graduation rates and the elimination of all equity gaps based on race, ethnicity or income level. For six consecutive years, Georgia State has graduated more African American students with undergraduate degrees than any other nonprofit college or university in the nation.

Additionally, Renick has testified about strategies to help college students succeed before the United States Senate and has twice been invited to speak at the White House. His work has been covered by The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Time and CNN and quoted by former President Barack Obama. He was named one of the most innovative people in higher education by the Washington Monthly and one of the 50 greatest world leaders by Fortune magazine.

Renick was the recipient of the National Innovation Leadership Award for Student Success and received the McGraw Award in Higher Education. He has served as principal investigator for over $50 million in research grants focused on promoting better and more equitable student outcomes.

At Georgia State, he served as chair of the religious studies department, director of the honors program, and senior vice president. A summa cum laude a graduate of Dartmouth College, he holds an MA and Ph.D. in Religion from Princeton University.

The UHD President’s Distinguished Lecture Series on Justice, Equity, and Inclusion began in 2021 addressing topics such as health equity among communities of color, organizational diversity, and the impact of climate change in Houston. The series is supported by a $75,000 grant from the ECMC Foundation and sponsored by the UHD Office of the Provost.

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Angela C. Hale