The Ohio State University at Lima


Ohio State Lima names new dean and director

December 7, 2018

Timothy A. Rehner, PhD, MSW, ACSW, has been chosen to serve as the dean and director at The Ohio State University at Lima, Ohio State Executive Vice President and Provost Bruce A. McPheron announced today. Subject to approval by the Board of Trustees, his appointment is effective April 1, 2019.

Timothy Rehner

“I’m pleased that we were able to attract Tim Rehner to serve as the next dean and director of Ohio State Lima,” McPheron said. “We are very excited for Tim to join the Ohio State family and Lima community and look forward to him applying his experiences and innovative ideas to further strengthen the experience for students, faculty and staff at Ohio State Lima.”

Rehner holds a distinguished professorship and is the director of the School of Social Work and director of Caribbean Studies at The University of Southern Mississippi. He also serves as co-founder and director of the Family Network Partnership, a university-affiliated, community-based delinquency prevention agency and counseling center in Hattiesburg, Mississippi.

He has taught undergraduate, graduate and professional students at all levels, with a focus on diversity, social justice and social welfare. His extensive scholarship includes studies on community resilience in coastal Mississippi, and his work is widely published in peer-reviewed journals and technical reports. His service to the profession includes service on the National Association of Social Work MS Board and editorial board and review of The Social Work Journal of Education.

At the University of Southern Mississippi, he was selected as the distinguished professor Grand Marshal and received the University’s Research Council’s Innovation Award for Academic Partnerships and the College of Health Innovations Award. In addition, he was recognized statewide as the Mississippi Social Work Educator of the Year.

His many honors also include his leadership as an invited co-director to establish a panel of national experts to envision a sustainable Gulf Coast through the integration of natural and human sciences. In addition, he was an invited panelist for the National Academy of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine to discuss the integration of natural, health and social sciences to support the development and health of the Gulf of Mexico.

He earned a BA from Asbury College, an MSW from the Indiana University, Indianapolis, and a PhD from The University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa.

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