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Jim Wheeler, PhD - Stanley White Executive Director of the Center for Entrepreneurship Assistant Professor of Entrepreneurship

Jim Wheeler, PhD - Stanley White Executive Director of the Center for Entrepreneurship Assistant Professor of Entrepreneurship

Jim Wheeler received his BBA in Marketing from the University of Oklahoma in 1992. He is the co-founder and Executive Director of the Center for Entrepreneurial Studies and holds the Stanley White Directorship of the Entrepreneurship Center. Wheeler created the Student Venture Capital Fund and an annual Business Plan Competition - a statewide contest for undergraduates and graduate students. He participated in Governor Brad Henry's EDGE program, sitting on the Entrepreneurship Committee and also sits on the University of Oklahoma's President's Coordinating Committee on the Research Campus. He was a 2003 University of Texas and the Kaufman Foundation MOOT CORP Fellow.

Wheeler was a 10-year sports media, marketing, and licensing executive. His clients included the Olympic Games, the FIFA World Cup, the Cotton Bowl, The Big Ten Conference, Post Season College Football, and the NCAA Tournament.

Drew Hendricks, MBA - Program Manager


Drew started his professional career three days after high school when he shipped off for Marine Corps recruit training. He would enter service as a communication strategy and operations specialist; serving across the country and around the world in support of: combat, humanitarian, recruiting, and marketing operations. Through his 14 years of service he received more than 500 combined hours of academic instruction in strategic communication, media relations, journalism, digital design, crisis communication, advertising, and public relations. 

His academic career focused on consumer insight development, account planning, and the anthropology of media. He holds a B.A. in Journalism & Mass Communication from the University of Oklahoma and a Master of Business Administration from the University of Southern California. In his post military career, Drew has served in various communication roles for startups, as well as consumer insight research projects for large scale agencies.