Wheeler boasts more than 10 years of experience in the development and launch of innovative graduate business programs that infuse an interdisciplinary approach into learning in order to prepare students to be successful in evolving for-profit and non-profit sectors.
Known widely for his expertise regarding the influence of human resource management effectiveness and employee retention, Wheeler has extensive experience working with Fortune 500 companies, government agencies, small manufacturing companies, and high-tech companies. His position as dean is effective as of July 31.
As a respected scholar, researcher, and senior-level administrator, Wheeler was until most recently the associate dean in the College of Business at Bryant University in Smithfield, R.I. Prior to Bryant, Wheeler held the rank of full professor and the Spachman Professor of Human Resources Management in the College of Business Administration with a joint appointment in the Schmidt Labor Research Center at the University of Rhode Island.
While at URI, Wheeler directed its full-time MBA program, which focused on strategic innovation. Prior to the role, he held assistant professor positions in management at Bradley University and California State University, Sacramento.
“(Dr. Wheeler’s) leadership will enhance the strategic path that the university is taking to prepare its students to work in a variety of demanding fields, and will, at the same time, expand their opportunities for rewarding careers in jobs not-yet identified,” said Laurie Bernotsky, WCU’s executive vice president and provost.