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President’s Lecture Series Features Award-Winning Educator

Dr. Timothy Renick's Presentation Will Highlight 'Inclusive Excellence, The Way Forward: Recommitting to Student Success'

Dr. Timothy Renick

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

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

The Executive Director of the National Institute for Student Success at Georgia State University Renick has directed the university’s student success, between 2008-2020, overseeing a 62 percent improvement in graduation rates and the elimination of all equity gaps based on students’ race, ethnicity or income level. For six consecutive years, Georgia State has graduated more African-American students with undergraduate degrees more than any other not-for-profit college or university in the nation.

In addition, Renick has testified on strategies for helping university students succeed before the U.S. Senate and been invited twice to speak at the White House. His work has been covered by The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Time, and CNN and cited by former President Barack Obama. He was named one of the Most Innovative People in Higher Education by Washington Monthly and one of the World’s 50 Greatest Leaders by Fortune magazine. 

Renick was the recipient of the Award for National Leadership in Student Success Innovation and was awarded the McGraw Prize in Higher Education. He has been principal investigator for more than $50 million in research grants focused on promoting better and more equitable outcomes for college students.

At Georgia State, he has served as Chair of the Department of Religious Studies, Director of the Honors Program and Senior Vice President. A summa cum laude graduate of Dartmouth College, he holds a M.A. and Ph.D. in Religion from Princeton University.

The UHD President’s Distinguished Lecture Series on Justice, Equity & 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.


About the University of Houston-Downtown

The University of Houston-Downtown (UHD) is the second-largest university in Houston and has served the educational needs of the nation’s fourth-largest city since 1974. As one of four distinct public universities in the University of Houston System, UHD is a comprehensive, four-year university led by President Loren J. Blanchard. Annually, UHD educates approximately 14,000 students, boasts more than 66,000 alumni, and offers 45 bachelor’s degrees, 12 master’s degrees, and 19 online programs within four colleges: Marilyn Davies College of Business, College of Humanities and Social Sciences, College of Public Service, and College of Sciences and Technology. UHD has one of the lowest tuition rates in Texas.

U.S. News and World Report ranked UHD among the nation’s Best Online Bachelor’s Programs for Applied Administration and Best Online Master’s Programs in Criminal Justice, as well as a Top Performer in Social Mobility. The Wall Street Journal/College Pulse ranked UHD one of the best colleges in the U.S. for its 2024 rankings, with notable distinctions: No. 1 for diversity (tied) and No. 3 for student experience. The University is designated as a Hispanic-Serving Institution, a Minority-Serving Institution, and a Military Friendly School. For more information on the University of Houston-Downtown, visit uhd.edu.