On July 1, 2021, Dr. Renick earned status as Professor Emeritus after retiring from the Georgia State University Faculty. Lest you imagine Dr. Renick actually retired, he will continue in his position as Executive Director of the National Institute for Student Success.
Dr. Renick joined the Georgia State faculty in 1986 after receiving his Ph.D. from Princeton University. Best known for his work on Aquinas, Dr. Renick’s research centered on ethics and spanned topics including just-war thought, moral decision making, religion and law, and bioethics. His writing appeared often in The Christian Century. An outstanding instructor, Dr. Renick offered courses on church and state, philosophy of religion, and the popular, “Augustine and Aquinas.” He received the American Academy of Religion’s 2004 Award for Teaching Excellence. His influence on students has had a lasting impact and led the Department’s Alumni Advisory Board to recognize him through an endowed student scholarship.
Outside the Department of Religious Studies, Dr. Renick is best known for his outstanding achievements in student success. Dr. Renick began this work in 2008 as Associate Provost for Academic Programs and Chief Enrollment Officer under President Mark Becker. As Dr. McClymond and the department noted in their letter supporting Dr. Renick’s emeritus status, “It would not be an overstatement to say that in that role, he transformed Georgia State University. Under his leadership, a new model for student advisement was created that improved graduation rates by 67%. Most notably, this increase occurred irrespective of students’ race, ethnicity, or gender.” Dr. Renick’s achievements in student success are reflected in the funding he has received and in requests that he join national leadership initiatives. As Executive Director of the National Institute for Student Success, Dr. Renick will continue this work.
Congratulations to Professor Emeritus Timothy Renick!