Just call him “Mr. Fix-It.”
Last fall Tim Puetz (BS 2001, MS 2003) was named the operations manager for the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Clinical Center in Bethesda, MD. Since then, he’s been the go-to guy when it comes to making sure the world’s largest hospital devoted to clinical investigation runs smoothly.
“I’ve spent the last decade of my life getting
a balance in training
between bio-medical research and business management,” Puetz said.
Because he has both research and business backgrounds, Puetz said, he can often bridge the gap between research and administration.
“(When there are) conflicts between the administrative side of the house and the clinical side of the house, I’m able to…understand where both sides are coming from and then communicate that in a way that makes sense to both just because I’ve been on both sides of the table,” Puetz said.
Puetz said his Pitt State experience, including ROTC followed by 10 years in the Army, have prepared him for the big job he’s got today.
“There have been so many people who have influenced me,” Puetz said. “I learned something different from about everyone in the HHPR Department.”
Puetz, who calls himself a “9-11 baby,” served 10 years in the Army, first as an infantry officer with the 371st Cavalry, 3rd Infantry Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division and then as a biochemist/physiologist with the Medical Service Corps of the U.S. Army Institute of Environmental Medicine.
Later, he earned a master’s degree in public health from Emory University, an MBA in strategic management from Indiana University and a Ph.D. in kinesiology and biological psychology from the University of Georgia. He served as a management and program analyst at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and later as a research coordinator at the Carter Center, both in Atlanta, before joining the NIH as a presidential management fellow in 2012.
Despite his busy schedule, Puetz said, he still finds time to conduct research and write research papers and to run 50-75 miles a week.
“I continuously make it (running) a priority,” Puetz said. “Being busy is only an excuse.”