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 to MIT students and staff as well as the local community. Since joining MIT, Mertz has trademarked ENGINEERyourHEALTH™, expanded fitness outreach, broadened department and corporate partnerships and improved member retention and growth.
Prior to MIT, 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.
As an active volunteer within several professional associations, Mertz has contributed at the Board level for the Association of Outdoor Recreation & Education (AORE) from 2008-2011; as a Director At Large, Vice President and President. Mertz coordinated the AORE’s first ever Industry Summit on Wilderness Medicine. He helped develop the infrastructure to hire and employ the AORE’s first Executive Director and was instrumental in long-term financial planning for the Association. Mertz currently serves on the AORE Financial Advisory Committee and is a recipient of the Jim Rennie Leadership Award. Additionally, as a lifetime member of the NIRSA, Mertz has presented at several national conferences and has hosted the NIRSA region 1 Conference in Boston in 2014.
Mertz is a graduate of Southern Illinois University with a B.S. in Recreation and a M.S. in Exercise Physiology.