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JD from Mississippi College
MPH in Health Care Administration from Tulane University
ThM in Theology from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary
MA in History from Mississippi College
BA in Political Science from Mississippi College
Oren Renick has been a Professor in the School of Health Administration since 1990. He is also Adjunct Professor of Population Health at the Medical College of Wisconsin. He previously served simultaneously as Chair of the Department of Health Administration & Interim Chair of the Department of Health Services Research at Texas State. He has served as Founding Director of the Service Learning Initiative, Chair & Vice Chair of the Faculty Senate & as Vice Chair of the Interfaith Caregivers Alliance. Prior to coming to Texas State in 1990, Dr. Renick spent almost 20 years in the health care industry. He has been the chief executive of three organizations, including managed care organizations in Chicago & New Orleans. Named to Who’s Who in America, Oren has been selected to present at the annual Presidential Seminar, chosen Faculty of the Year, Teacher of the Year, Scholar of the Year (College of Health Professions) & been recognized by Alpha Chi & Golden Key. Dr. Renick has been the Principal Investigator for grants & contracts totaling approximately $5,000,000. A frequent contributor to professional journals & presenter at professional conferences, his major scholarly interests are civil rights, service learning & civic engagement, health care law & ethics, managed health care delivery systems, & baseball & American culture. He is Executive Editor of the book on intergenerational service-learning entitled The Ties That Bind.
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SAN MARCOS, Texas – Over 50 years ago, Freedom Summer marked the civil rights campaign to register as many black voters in Mississippi as possible. Dr. William Penn Davis was one of the voices calling for change. He became a hero and friend to author Oren Renick. Renick now shares the inspirational story of his mentor in his new book, “Smoke Over Mississippi: A Journey of Hope and Reconciliation” (published by Insight Press).
Davis is best known for developing the Committee of Concern, a group formed to combat the prevalent burning of churches taking place in Mississippi at the height of the civil rights era. Davis endured threats and violence while still pursuing his mission of making black and white Mississippians equal.
The book highlights interviews Renick conducted with Davis 50 years ago and each chapter begins with a dialogue between Renick and Davis taken from the interviews.