James C. Renick, Ph.D.
Interim Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs
Dr. James C. Renick was appointed Interim Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs at Jackson State University effective September 17, 2012. Dr. Renick has more than 38 years of experience as a faculty member and administrator at numerous institutions of higher education. Dr. Renick has served as the Senior Advisor to Jackson State University President Carolyn W. Meyers. Prior to his current appointment, he was Senior Advisor to John W. Garland, President of Central State University. From June 2006 to July 2008 Renick served as Senior Vice President for Programs and Research at the American Council on Education (ACE) in Washington, DC. Prior to his appointment at ACE, he served for seven years as the ninth Chancellor and Professor of Political Science at North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University (NC A&T). Before his leadership at NC A&T, he was Chancellor and Professor at the University of Michigan-Dearborn for six and one-half years, where he expanded program offerings, increased enrollment, and modernized the campus infrastructure.
Dr. Renick is a recognized leader in the area of university/business/industry relations, and institutional strategy and presidential assessment. He received his B.A. from Central State University in 1970, where he was inducted into the Donald K. Anthony Achievement Hall of Fame. He earned a M.S.W. from Kansas University in 1972, and a Ph.D. degree in Government/Public Administration from Florida State University in 1980. Dr. Renick received an honorary doctorate from Central State University in 2007.
While at NC A&T, Dr. Renick engaged the university in a unique strategic visioning process that built on its comparative advantages as the number one producer of black engineers and technologists in the world, a first-rate business school, and a rich civil rights legacy. Under his leadership, the institution announced a major financial capital campaign, and embarked on several major capital projects funded from $161 million in bonds. These projects, and the $60 million capital expansion funded by the A&T Foundation, changed the face of the campus. New programs, including two Ph.D. programs, were added and the University was designated as a Carnegie classified doctoral high research-intensive institution for the first time. In addition, as a collector and strong advocate of the arts, Dr. Renick initiated several significant campus public arts projects.
He serves, or has served, on numerous national boards and foundations including the Presidential Board of Advisors on Historically Black Colleges and Universities, the North Carolina Board of Science and Technology, the National Council for Science and the Environment, the National Association of State Universities and Land Grant Colleges, the Thurgood Marshall Scholarship Fund, and the National Science Foundation’s Human Resources Division Advisory Board. He is a founding member of the American Association of State College and Universities Millennium Leadership Initiative. He has mentored numerous university presidents and senior administrators.
Dr. Renick’s achievements have brought him numerous awards including the American Association for Higher Education Black Caucus’ Exemplary Award for Public Service, the University of Michigan President’s Medallion, Who’s Who in Black America, Faculty of the Year, and the Greater Greensboro Chamber of Commerce Leadership Medal and Who’s Who in Black Mississippi. He and his wife Peggy have one child, Karinda, a graduate of her father’s alma mater.