Dr. Timothy Renick, Senior Vice President for Student Success at Georgia State University  has been named the 2019 recipient of the Maury Cotter Leader of Change award by the Network for Change and Continuous Innovation (NCCI).

Dr. Renick has been a pioneer and leader in defining a new model for student success. This has included the adoption of predictive analytics as a central part of proactive advising, the implementation of retention grants at scale, and the use of chatbots to decrease summer melt and improve the on-boarding of new students.

Dr. Renick partners with varied stakeholders to improve student outcomes. This has included working with faculty and staff to adopt a more holistic approach to the student experience as part of their overall academic success, and he has been the thought leader in charting the course for Georgia State’s Innovation Alliance.

Dr. Renick was described as being 100 percent focused on student success, a master communicator, outstanding manager and persuasive in using data and supporting facts to build consensus. He is a sought after speaker in higher education and still skillfully manages his team.

Under Dr. Renick’s leadership Georgia State has dramatically improved its graduation rates and in doing so became the first large university in America to eliminate all disparities in graduation rates based on race, ethnicity or income. Furthermore, Georgia State, a majority minority institution leads the nation in graduating African Americans.

Created in 2013, the NCCI Leaders of Change recognition program identifies leaders of change throughout higher education, recognizes them for their accomplishments, and helps link them with their peers to leverage further the impact of their good work. In 2017, the award was named for founding member Maury Cotter, in recognition of her significant contributions to the Association and the higher education profession.

NCCI is a community of academic and administrative change leaders who collaborate to share ideas, innovations and best practices. Membership is institution based and includes representation from higher education leaders across the world. NCCI has over 100 institutional members and more than 1,000 individual members worldwide.  The association celebrates its 20th Anniversary this summer.

The award will be presented at NCCI’s 2019 Annual Conference, to be held in Denver Colorado, July 10-12.