Published 04/14/16

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Anthony Wheeler named associate dean of College of Business

Anthony WheelerSMITHFIELD, RI – Bryant University, a leading private university offering an innovative and uniquely integrated business and liberal arts education, has appointed Anthony Wheeler, Ph.D., S.P.H.R., associate dean of the College of Business after a thorough search. The move underscores the University’s commitment to its leadership role in academic innovation.

“Today’s students graduate into a world where strategic innovation is a prerequisite for success, and Tony Wheeler is a leader in creating innovative graduate programs that serve as a model for others,” said Bryant University Provost and Chief Academic Officer Glenn Sulmasy. J.D., L.L.M.

 “Tony’s appointment as associate dean of the College of Business positions the University with deep expertise in the development and delivery of groundbreaking graduate business programs. His talent for integrating strategic and tactical initiatives complements the exciting goals we have for Bryant’s future growth,” noted Dean of the College of Business Madan Annavarjula, Ph.D.

"Wheeler is a leader in creating innovative graduate programs."

Wheeler has a strong track record of designing and implementing innovative, interdisciplinary, and entrepreneurial graduate programs that propel strategic goals. He currently serves as Spachman Professor of Human Resource Management at University of Rhode Island’s College of Business Administration, and as director of the full-time Strategic Innovation M.B.A. program at the University of Rhode Island, a program he led in designing and implementing.

For four years, he has served as director of University of Rhode Island’s Strategic Innovation M.B.A., overseeing all administrative and operational facets of the one-year accelerated program. He has served as a professor in business schools since 2003, and throughout his academic career has been dedicated to excellence in teaching, research, and service. Prior to joining the University of Rhode Island, Wheeler held faculty tenure-track positions in the Foster College of Business, Bradley University; the College of Business, California State University, Sacramento; and adjunct positions in the Michael F. Price College of Business, University of Oklahoma. He also served as visiting professor of Management Studies at University of the West Indies in Trinidad and Tobago, where he chaired doctoral committees for that nation’s first ever Ph.D. graduates in Human Resources Management.

Wheeler is a prolific researcher who is recognized for conducting high-impact research that is widely acclaimed in the field of management, focusing on several areas including the influence of strategic human resource management effectiveness and employee retention. He is also the recipient of numerous awards for teaching excellence. He received his master’s and Ph.D. in Industrial-Organizational Psychology from the University of Oklahoma, and holds a B.A. in Psychology from the University of Maryland at College Park.

“Bryant University has a deep commitment to innovative academic programs that advance new models for teaching and learning,” said Wheeler. “The University is poised for growth and continued success, and I am excited to be joining Bryant’s visionary academic leadership team as associate dean of the College of Business.”


Bryant University in Smithfield, R.I., is a leading private university offering an innovative and uniquely integrated business and liberal arts education. The University’s groundbreaking academic programs have been nationally recognized by organizations including the Davis Educational Foundation and Hanover Research. Bryant University’s business programs have been accredited by AACSB-International since 1994. Founded in 1863, Bryant University has approximately 3,700 graduate and undergraduate students from 32 states and 63 countries. Bryant University is recognized as a leader in international education and regularly receives top rankings from U.S. News & World Report, Bloomberg Businessweek, Forbes, and Barron’s.  The University will open its new Academic Innovation Center in August 2016.