Jeffrey R. Alves has been appointed dean of the Jay S. Sidhu School of Business and Leadership at Wilkes University. Alves served as interim dean prior to his permanent appointment following a national search for a new dean.
In announcing the appointment, Reynold Verret, University provost, said, “I am confident that Dr. Alves will advance the mission of the Sidhu School. As a faculty member, he has played a key role in developing curriculum and programs that define the Sidhu School experience for our business students. We look forward to his leadership in growing our business program in the years ahead.”
Alves joined Wilkes in 1997 as Allan P. Kirby, Jr. Distinguished Professor of Free Enterprise and Entrepreneurship and director of the Allan P. Kirby Center for Free Enterprise and Entrepreneurship. Alves held those positions until June 2011 when he became interim dean of the Sidhu School. As professor and director of the Kirby Center, Alves developed the entrepreneurship major in the business school and the entrepreneurship concentration in the Master of Business Administration (MBA) program. He also chaired the entrepreneurship and leadership studies department.
Alves led development and implementation of the Sidhu School’s required two-semester freshman year integrated management experience course requiring students to operate a team-based business, combining principles of business, financial accounting and entrepreneurial process. He also played a leadership role in developing and implementing the seven semesters of personal and professional development courses required of all Sidhu students. A Sam M. Walton Free Enterprise Fellow, Alves also established the Students in Free Enterprise (SIFE) program at Wilkes and served as advisor to its ten-time regional champion SIFE Team.
Prior to joining Wilkes in 1997, he was president of Vergason Technology, Inc., a technology-based company named to the “Fast-Track 500” as one of the 500 fastest growing private companies in the United States. From 1983 to 1996 he was a principal in three businesses and worked in corporate development at Corning Inc. As assistant professor of finance and entrepreneurial studies at Babson College from 1978 through 1983, Alves developed and taught the capstone courses for one of the first entrepreneurship undergraduate majors and graduate concentrations in the United States
Alves supports economic development in northeastern Pennsylvania through participation on several loan committees and as a member of the boards of directors of the Scranton Enterprise Center and the Innovation Center at Wilkes Barre. An active member of the U.S .Association for Small Business and Entrepreneurship (USASBE), he served as program chair, vice president of the individual entrepreneur division, vice president for finance, vice president for divisions, vice president programs-elect, senior vice president programs, president-elect, president and immediate past president. He has represented UASBE on the board of directors of the International Council for Small Business (ICSB) and currently serves as senior vice president of finance and control.
Alves is a graduate of the United States Air Force Academy and was a captain in the Air Force. He earned a master’s degree in finance from Southern Illinois University and a doctorate in business administration with a concentration in finance and small business from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.