Rettig, who has served in various roles during his time at UW Oshkosh, has accepted a role as provost and vice president for academic affairs at Piedmont College, a private liberal arts college located in Georgia.
“I have enjoyed my teaching and administrative experiences at UW Oshkosh. We have a tremendous faculty, staff and administrative team; their ideas, caring ethic and focus on student-learning has helped prepare me for this move to Piedmont College,” said Rettig.
Rettig joined UW Oshkosh as an associate professor in the College of Education and Human Services in 1997; in 2005 he was named associate vice chancellor. During his tenure at UW Oshkosh, he remained committed to teaching and was named a full professor in 2011.
“Perry has been invaluable to the provost’s office at UW Oshkosh. He’s a dynamic leader with a strong commitment to higher education,” said UW Oshkosh Chancellor Richard H. Wells. “We’re sorry to lose Perry but wish him well as he takes on this leadership role with Piedmont College.”
Rettig is expected to take his post at Piedmont College July 1; he’ll remain at UW Oshkosh through June.
“I’m thankful to Perry for all the work he’s done to advance the mission of UW Oshkosh during his time with us. He has been an outstanding asset to the campus, and I have great confidence in his abilities as a leader as he transitions to his new role as provost,” said Lane Earns, UW Oshkosh provost.
Throughout the years, Rettig has made an impact on the lives of many at UW Oshkosh, said Lisa Danielson, UW Oshkosh registrar.
“Perry is a great ally. I appreciated that he was there to support new endeavors and any challenges we faced. He was a true advocate for our office especially when promoting better services for faculty and students at UW Oshkosh,” said Danielson, who worked under the supervision of Rettig since 2005.
Carleen Vande Zande, assistant vice chancellor of curricular affairs and student academic achievement at UW Oshkosh, said she’s enjoyed working with Rettig on both campus projects and national initiatives.
“His action-oriented approach and his approachable style are leadership qualities that will carry him far in his new position,” Vande Zande said. “I think he understands that it takes an entire campus to educate students. I wish him the very best as he transitions to a new location in a new leadership position.”