Charles Metten retired from BYU in 1996 after completing thirty-five years in the Department of Theater and Media Arts. He also served as dean of the College of Performing and Visual Arts at Southern Utah University in Cedar City until 2004. Professor Metten was born and reared in California, where he received his BA and MA from UCLA and met his wife, Patricia, who introduced him to the Church. He completed his PhD at the University of Iowa and joined the faculty at BYU, where he was an insightful teacher, actor, mentor, and friend. He developed the first film courses at BYU, which have proven to be highly popular and enriching in the lives of thousands of students. The Mettens are the parents of five children and the grandparents of fifteen.