Gregory Wintz signs on to lead the School of Occupational Therapy, while longtime Professor Rick Whiteley and Sports Information Officer Blake Timm ’98 say goodbye.
Gregory Wintz PhD, OTR/L has been named director of the School of Occupational Therapy in the Pacific University College of Health Professions. He will begin his appointment at Pacific on Aug. 31, succeeding John White, who has directed the school since 2003 and will continue as a professor in the school. Wintz comes to Pacific from Eastern Washington University, where he has chaired the Occupational Therapy Department, served as associate professor since 2004 and was actively involved in the University District Health Clinic. He also has collaborated with the clinic’s communication disorder, dental hygiene, occupational therapy and physical therapy programs, resulting in a creation of a new College of Health Science & Public Health. He previously was director of rehabilitation of Shriners Hospital for Children and served as founding program director of occupational therapy at Idaho State University.
Rick Whiteley has retired after 29 years on the faculty of Pacific University. A long-time chemistry professor, Whiteley has been involved in the design and development of batteries for the Hubble Space Telescope, the International Space Station, and for several communication satellites that employ lithium ion technology. His research interests involve developing and applying methods of evaluating batteries, and he has offered years of students the opportunity to engage in research at his side. Students and colleagues say that chemistry majors “become real chemists” through his analytical chemistry lecture and lab. Whiteley is among 10 long-time Pacific employees who retired this spring.
Blake Timm ’98 has moved on from his position as Pacific University’s award-winning sports information director after 16 years. Timm has been the public face of Boxer athletics, supporting student-athletes and the university’s varsity and emerging junior varsity sports programs. Timm was the first two-time winner of the Jack Sareault Award, the Northwest Conference’s Sports Information Director of the Year title, winning in 2005-2006 and again in 2010-2011. His coverage of student-athletes and events has won numerous awards. He has been a leader in his profession, serving on the CoSIDA Board of Directors, and in the community, as an active member of the Rotary Club of Forest Grove. Timm is now assistant commissioner for communications for the Great Northwest Athletic Conference, a Division II conference based in Portland.