June 9, 2017
WEST CHESTER, PA — Following a national search, Anthony Wheeler has been named dean of the College of Business and Public Management at West Chester University (WCU), the largest of the 14 universities in the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education (PASSHE) and the fourth largest university in the Philadelphia area. Wheeler brings to the University 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 (HRM) 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, 2017.
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, Rhode Island. 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 (URI). 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 brings a unique set of skills and eclectic experiences to West Chester University's College of Business and Public Management that will be a tremendous asset to our students," said Laurie Bernotsky, executive vice president and provost. "His 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."
Wheeler is known widely for his research on employee turnover and retention, employee stress, burnout, engagement, and leadership. Since 2001, he has published over 30 peer-reviewed journal articles, 14 edited book chapters, and made nearly 50 conference presentations.
"West Chester University is positioned especially well and its College of Business and Public Management is a strength," says Wheeler. "I am excited to be part of a forward-thinking institution that has so many quality programs and is increasingly becoming a destination of preferred choice. I look forward to helping students define their success in an environment that is particularly vibrant."
Wheeler completed his undergraduate degree at the University of Maryland, College Park and earned both his master's and doctoral degrees at the University of Oklahoma.
Enrolling over 17,000 students, West Chester University is the largest member of the 14-institution Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education. Founded in 1871, the University is a comprehensive public institution, offering 118 undergraduate programs, 103 master's degree and 4 doctoral programs in more than 50 fields of study. In addition to the main campus in West Chester, the University offers programs through its graduate center, the Philadelphia campus and online. Five colleges and one school comprise the University: Colleges of Arts and Humanities, Business and Public Management, Education and Social Work, Health Sciences, and the Sciences and Mathematics, and School of Interdisciplinary and Graduate Studies. The University has consistently been rated a Kiplinger "best buy" in public higher education based on its outstanding education and economic value.