April 18, 2014  

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Rehner to Participate in national Leadership Academy in Aging Program

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Dr. Tim Rehner is the director of the School of Social Work at Southern Miss.

Dr. Tim Rehner, director of the School of Social Work at The University of Southern Mississippi, has been selected to participate in a special program sponsored by the Social Work Leadership Institute at the New York Academy of Medicine.

Rehner’s involvement in the program should further enhance efforts within the Center for Aging at Southern Miss, which was formed in the summer of 2009. Mike Forster, dean of the College of Health at Southern Miss, helped create momentum for the center’s arrival by participating in the initial Leadership Academy in Aging program three years ago.

“I am honored to be selected early in my career as a director,” said Rehner. “I believe that the Leadership Academy, along with the input from other more “seasoned” deans and directors will support my efforts to implement new ideas at Southern Miss.”

Rehner will join deans and directors from schools of social work around the country as part of the Leadership Academy in Aging program for 2010-11. The initial training session for the program will be held Oct. 14-15.

By participating in the Leadership Academy program, deans and directors will have the opportunity to:

  • Raise their school’s visibility and status within the university
  • Recruit students by strengthening their school/university’s presence in the field
  • Strengthen legislative outreach and education skills
  • Strengthen community development skills while increasing their school’s role in the community and broader environment
  • Strengthen capacity-building and management skills
  • Increase resource development skills
  • Be mentored by senior deans

“This initiative will encourage broadening the opportunities for social work students to work in the area of aging,” said Rehner. “I hope that I will also be able to develop strategies for greater involvement of faculty in research projects, securing external funding and implementing model programs for the aged within our communities.”