Last modified: Monday, March 31, 2003
Metz named executive director of IU Radio and Television Services
Perry Stewart Metz has been named executive director of Indiana University Radio and Television Services. Sharon Stephens Brehm, IU Bloomington chancellor, made the announcement today (March 31). Metz succeeds Don Agostino, who has held the position since 1991. Agostino will retire July 31, and Metz will begin his duties Aug. 11.
Radio and Television Services includes WFIU (a National Public Radio affiliate), WTIU (a Public Broadcasting Service affiliate) and a video production unit. Metz, who has served as associate vice president of the Bloomington campus since 2000, will continue to be responsible for the IU Visitors Center and the campus Web site.
"Perry Metz will bring great energy and vision to this position," Brehm said. "He is strongly committed to vibrant partnerships between Radio/TV Services and the academic units, as well as working closely with other members of the broadcast community. This appointment extends the reach of his continuing dedication to Indiana University."
Metz earned his bachelor's degree Phi Beta Kappa from IU in journalism and political science and then received a Sears Congressional Fellowship in the office of U.S. Sen. Joseph Biden (D-Del.). He returned to IU after taking a course of study at the Poynter Institute, a non-profit school for journalists, which owns the St. Petersburg Times. Metz received his master's degree in communication management from IU.
During a long career in campus administration, he has held a variety of posts including director of campus relations and assistant vice president. In his work for four campus chancellors, he has regularly represented the administration in dealings with students, faculty, staff, alumni, townspeople and legislators. A frequent campus spokesperson, Metz has often been invited to talk about press relations on other campuses and at professional meetings.
"I am excited to continue the work of Don Agostino and Bill Kroll, who both did so much to lay the foundation of public respect and support for IU's broadcasting efforts," Metz said. " We have important opportunities ahead in mastering new technologies to serve the university's academic mission through public broadcasting. And we have the strongest staff we've ever had to bring to bear on that effort."
Metz has served as the chair of the statewide consortium Indiana Public Broadcasting Stations since 1995.
At IU, his duties ranged from directing the campus's North Central accreditation self-study to helping design and later administer the finances of the Herman B Wells Program for Outstanding Young Scholars. He is a former vice president of the city's redevelopment commission, president of the city's traffic commission and president of the county's convention and visitors bureau.