Perry Rettig, PhD

Perry R. Rettig, Ph.D.

After serving as Vice President at Piedmont University for the better part of a decade, Dr. Perry Rettig now holds the position of Distinguished University Professor at Piedmont. He has been an educator for the past 39 years, serving initially as a public school teacher and principal. After twelve years in the K-12 setting, Dr. Rettig became a professor of Educational Leadership and Administration at the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh and then served as Associate Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs prior to moving to Georgia in 2013. At Piedmont he served in the roles of Vice President for Academic Affairs, VP for the Athens campus, VP for Enrollment Management and Student Affairs, and interim Dean for both the College of Education and the College of Nursing and Health Sciences. Rettig earned his master’s degree in Educational Leadership and Administration at the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee, and his doctorate at Marquette University. He has spoken extensively across the country and across the globe on leadership and education topics. He has written nine books ranging in topic from Leadership, Case Studies, Democratic Decision-Making and Shared Governance, and Enrollment Management.  His most recent book is Battles in the Trenches: How Leaders in Academia Can Learn from Elite Athletes and Coaches. Presently, he is writing, Brain Research and Learning Theory: Implications to Improve Student Learning and Engagement.