rettig-perry-loPiedmont names new VP for Academic Affairs

Dr. Perry R. Rettig, a professor and administrator with the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh, has been named Vice President for Academic Affairs at Piedmont College. Rettig takes over the position formerly held by Dr. James F. Mellichamp before he was named president of the college in May 2012.

Mellichamp said that Rettig's selection concludes a national search by Piedmont for a new VPAA who will have primary responsibility for issues related to faculty and academic staff. "I am particularly excited about Dr. Rettig's previous background and experience as a public school teacher and principal," Mellichamp said. "This complements the excellent programs in our School of Education, which place an emphasis on real-world experience as well as academic leadership. His positions at the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh have provided him with a broad range of insight into comprehensive institutions of higher education like Piedmont."

Rettig began his academic career as a middle grades literature and English teacher in Pulaski, Wis., in 1984. He later served as principal at U.S. Grant Elementary School in Sheboygan, Wis. After teaching educational administration at Northern State University in Aberdeen, S.D., he joined the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh as an associate professor in 1998 and in 2005 was named the Associate Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs. He also continued to teach at UWO and was named a full professor in 2011.

A 1984 graduate of the University of Wisconsin Whitewater, Rettig earned a bachelor of science degree in elementary education and a minor in psychology. He earned a master's degree in administrative leadership from the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee in 1988 and a Ph.D. in leadership and supervision from Marquette University in 1994. He was named a Marquette University Distinguished Scholar in 2002 and 2004.

Rettig is the author of two books and numerous articles on education and administration, and he has made presentations on school reform, minority teacher recruitment, and brain research at national and international symposiums.

Rettig, who will begin July1, said he was pleased to accept the Piedmont position, and as VPAA his focus would be on "the values of quality, diversity, and transparent shared decision making."

"Our number one goal in creating a learned citizenry for our democratic society is access for all," Rettig said. "To do this, we must begin and end with quality in all that we do. We must recruit and retain the highest quality faculty and staff. We must do all we can to support their teaching excellence, their research interests, and their service to the community and their profession. This in turn will help us recruit and retain a diverse student population, providing access for all to a quality education."