Dr. Timothy Renick is Vice Provost and Vice President for Enrollment Management and Student Success, and Professor of Religious Studies at Georgia State University. He has served as Chair of the Department of Religious Studies and Director of the Honors Program. Since 2008, he has directed the student success and enrollment efforts of the university, overseeing among the fastest improving graduation rates in the nation and the elimination of all achievement gaps based on students' race, ethnicity or income level. 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 covered by the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, and CNN and cited by President Obama. He was named one of 2016’s Most Innovative People in Higher Education by Washington Monthly and was the recipient of the 2015-16 Award for National Leadership in Student Success Innovation. He currently is principal investigator for a $9 million U.S. Department of Education grant to study the impact of proactive, predictive-analytics-based advisement on ten-thousand low-income and first-generation students nationally. A summa cum laude graduate of Dartmouth College, Dr. Renick holds his M.A. and Ph.D. in Religion from Princeton University.
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Dr. Ken Smith has served as Virginia Tech’s vice provost for academic resource management since January 2013. As vice provost, Ken provides institutional leadership on issues related to academic budgets, academic capital outlay planning, academic space management and institutional data and continuous improvement processes. He is currently leading the university’s current efforts to implement a new performance based budget system, including designing and implementing new methods for data sharing and predictive analytics to inform resource allocation.
Prior to his appointment as vice provost, Ken served as associate provost overseeing the budgetary and fiscal operations of the academic support units in the Office of the Senior Vice President and Provost. Before coming to the provost’s office, Ken served as Assistant Director for Budget Operations in the Virginia Tech Office of Budget and Financial Planning and as a budget analyst in the Commerce, Resources and Trade section of the Virginia Department of Planning and Budget. He began his career as budget analyst in the Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation.
Ken holds a PhD in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies from Virginia Tech, and earned both a Masters Degree in Public Administration and a Bachelors Degree in Political Science from Virginia Commonwealth University. He is also proud to have served in the United States Air Force and the Virginia Air National Guard.
Ken currently resides in the river city of Radford, Virginia with his wife Carolyn and their two children Anna and David.