Metz to lead institutional planning, effectiveness

Timothy D. Metz, director of institutional research and assessment at Campbell University, has been named the next assistant vice chancellor for institutional planning and effectiveness at Western Carolina University.

Metz, who began his career in higher education as a faculty member in biology before moving into university assessment and planning, will begin his new role leading WCU’s Office of Institutional Planning and Effectiveness on Oct. 15.

“Dr. Metz brings with him a wealth of experience in data analysis, predictive modeling and learning outcomes assessment,” Western Carolina Chancellor David O. Belcher said in announcing the appointment. “I am confident that Dr. Metz is an excellent fit for WCU, and I am delighted to welcome him aboard.”

Timothy D. Metz

Timothy D. Metz

Director of institutional research and assessment at Campbell since 2008, Metz previously was chair of the Department of Biological Sciences at the university, which is located in the Harnett County town of Buies Creek.

He joined the Campbell faculty in 1994 after earning his doctorate in botany from Cornell University and his bachelor’s degree in agricultural sciences from the University of Illinois.

Metz said he is impressed with WCU’s recently approved strategic plan titled “2020 Vision: Focusing Our Future,” which is designed to guide the institution’s direction and development over the next decade while strengthening relationships with the communities and regions it serves.

“I am excited to work with Chancellor Belcher and the academic and administrative leaders of Western Carolina. The university is fortunate to have such an excellent OIPE staff, and I am eager to join them,” he said. “I am honored to be able to contribute to the university’s planning and effectiveness efforts and to the vision for the university’s future. I am glad I have the opportunity to play a part in making that vision reality.”

At Campbell, Metz is chair of the University Effectiveness Council, co-chair of the Institutional Data Standards Committee, and a member of the Deans’ Council, Retention Committee and Strategic Planning Council.

He is a member of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, American Scientific Affiliation, Association for Institutional Research, North Carolina Association for Institutional Research and Southern Association for Institutional Research.

Metz will fill a vacancy created when Melissa Wargo, who had served as assistant vice chancellor for institutional planning and effectiveness since January 2009, became chief of staff at WCU on July 1.

He was selected for the post following a national search conducted by a committee chaired by Kim Ruebel, associate dean for academic affairs in WCU’s College of Education and Allied Professions.

“Tim Metz is clearly up for the new challenges and opportunities that await him here at Western Carolina University. Tim has an analytical mind, a real passion for assessment and a collaborative style of work,” Ruebel said. “Having been a faculty member and department head, Tim understands and can relate to the academic world in a way that allows for strong partnerships and a depth of understanding when it comes to academic program assessment and accreditation.”