Tim Mertz joined the Department of Athletics, Physical Education and Recreation as the Director of Recreational Sports on April 1, 2012. He oversees department’s recreational operations that provide extensive opportunities that are available to MIT students and staff as well as the local community.
Most recently Mertz served as the Assistant Director for University Recreation at the University of Wisconsin – Stout. There he supervised a comprehensive campus recreation department that included programs in outdoor adventure, health & fitness, intramural and club sports programs and aquatics. Mertz administered and prepared the annual operating budget for the recreation program at UW-Stout, recruited and trained full-time professional staff and oversaw the scheduling of the recreational programming there. UW-Stout opened the first 24/7 fitness facility in the UW system during Mertz’s tenure as well.
In addition to his duties with the recreation department at UW-Stout, Mertz served as the President for an international non-profit, the Association of Outdoor Recreation & Education (AORE), which is comprised of 600+ members across the globe. He was also selected as the Chair for the Senate of Academic Staff which represents 450+ faculty/staff on campus.
Mertz is a 2002 graduate of Southern Illinois University with a bachelor’s degree in recreation. He also did his graduate work at SIU, receiving his Masters in physical education in 2005. Mertz worked as a graduate assistant in the Student Recreation Center at Southern Illinois University while there and also has experience as a backcountry guide in Alaska.