Bob Pettitt was hired in fall 2017 as the Director of University Research. He is a former full professor and chair of the Department of Human Performance at Minnesota State University, Mankato. He has a PhD in Exercise & Sport Science from the University of Utah and is a research fellow with the American College of Sports Medicine. Dr. Pettitt has published over 50 peer-review articles, over 70 research abstracts, and the textbook Exercise Physiology Laboratories with Kendall-Hunt Publishing. He and his wife, Cherie, are raising two boys: Canyon and Myosin.