In January 2014, Ike Wheeler was named as the Dean for Institutional Advancement. Mr. Wheeler has been associated with Arkansas State University-Newport for the past twenty-three years. He has responsibility for public relations, campus outreach and events, and alumni relations, as well as institutional advancement.
His career has witnessed the growth of ASU-Newport from a small technical college with approximately 600 students to a three-campus entity with a student population of over 2,400. This evolution has been marked by the emergence of online education, new program development, successful business/industry partnerships as well as involvements in niche opportunities that have provided life-changing opportunities to many students.
His professional memberships include the Arkansas Association of Two Year Colleges (AATYC), the National Alliance of Concurrent Enrollment Partnerships, Jackson County Historical Society, as well as the Iron Mountain Regional Arts. He resides in Swifton, Arkansas.