The Ohio State University at Lima


Ohio State Lima welcomes new dean and director April 1

March 29, 2019

Tim Rehner, Ohio State Lima dean and director

The Ohio State University at Lima welcomes its new dean and director, Timothy A. Rehner, PhD, MSW, ACSW, on Mon., April 1, 2019. This will be Dean Rehner’s first day on the job.

Prior to coming to Ohio State, Dr. Rehner held a distinguished professorship and was the director of the School of Social Work and director of Caribbean Studies at the University of Southern Mississippi. He also served 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 university included several significant faculty governance leadership positions in the Faculty Senate, Council of Directors, Council of Chairs and the Academic Leadership Council. In addition, 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 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.

Before leaving Mississippi, Dr. Rehner was selected for a Lifetime Achievement Award by the National Association of Social Workers-Mississippi Chapter for his 25+ years at the Southern Miss School of Social Work and his impact on communities throughout Mississippi.

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

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Dec. 7, 2018: More about naming the new dean and director