Mentors

Rodger Dinwiddie


Chief Executive Officer, STARS



Rodger Dinwiddie has been the CEO of Students Taking a Right Stand (STARS-Nashville), an evidenced-based Student Assistance Program as recognized by the National Registry of Evidenced-based Programs and Practices, since 1986.  Prior to joining STARS, Rodger served as the Executive Director of a nonprofit organization working with juvenile court referrals.  He also was a classroom teacher in the Metropolitan Nashville Public Schools for 7 years.  Rodger is also a Certified Prevention Specialist – Level II. He is a certified trainer and Olweus Technical Assistance Consultant for the Olweus Bullying Prevention Program and Safe Dates Program, and he serves as the Tennessee State Olweus Coordinator in partnership with the Tennessee Department of Education, Clemson University, and Hazelden Educational Publishing, where he currently provides consultation in the areas of best practices in bullying prevention and intervention, school climate improvement, and the development of social emotional competencies. In addition, he provides consultation to both businesses and school districts to assist leaders in building strong(er) relationships in the workplace. Rodger is also the Immediate Past-President of the International Bullying Prevention Association.