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|JAMES B. WEHRLEY, PH.D.|
Dean, Earl N. Phillips School of Business
Roger W. Soles Professor of Management and Leadership
Associate Professor of Finance
Office: Phillips Hall 202
|Dr. Jim Wehrley, Dean of the Earl N. Phillips School of Business (PSB) and Associate Professor of Finance, joined HPU in 1994. He was tapped for leadership roles first as Director of Business Administration, then Chair of the School of Business, and, in 2003, Dean of the Earl N. Phillips School of Business.
Dr. Wehrley’s focus is on “helping students help themselves.” His strong belief is that students have endless opportunities as long as they execute a well thought-out, intentional plan. The challenge for many students is to find their initial career directions and determine and execute on the skillset required.
This is why Dr. Wehrley spends much of his time on developing systems that help students with career exploration and direction. As part of this system, students are mentored to learn how to differentiate themselves through developing both hard and soft skills. To make sure the business school is advising students appropriately, the system has been developed based on extensive feedback from the business community.
Ultimately, Dr. Wehrley bases his success on the success of students. Helping students become successful is his focus, which guides his daily priorities.
As a teacher, he has received multiple teaching awards including the Meredith Clark Slane Distinguished Teaching / Service Award, the Alpha Chi Teaching Award, and the Exemplary Teacher Award presented by the General Board of Higher Education and Ministry of the United Methodist Church.
Dr. Wehrley earned his Ph.D. from Virginia Polytechnic Institute & State University (Virginia Tech), his MBA from Baylor University, and his Bachelor of Business Administration with a Major in Finance from the University of Wisconsin - Whitewater.
Before pursuing a career in academia, Dr. Wehrley worked in commercial lending and commercial real estate lending at First Florida Bank in Florida and in finance for Standard & Poor’s in Colorado. Dr. Wehrley currently serves on the Board of Directors for both the local Society of Financial Services Professionals and Hospice of the Piedmont. He also serves as High Point University’s liaison to the High Point Economic Development Corporation.