Dr. Abel Adekola joined Wilkes University as dean of the Jay S. Sidhu School of Business and Leadership in June 2016. Dr. Adekola comes to Wilkes from the University of Wisconsin-Stout in Menomonie, Wis., where he was dean of the College of Management. Previously he chaired the department of business there from 2007 to 2010 and also was a tenured full professor of business at University of Wisconsin-Stout. Earlier he served as director of the office of international education at the university from 2001 to 2004. Earlier in his career, Dr. Adekola served as assistant dean of the department of business at Fort Lauderdale College, Miami Campus, in Miami, Fla., from 1988 to 1990. He also was an assistant professor in the department of business at Miami Dade College, North Campus, in Miami, Fla., from 1991 to 1995.
Dr. Adekola’s career has focused on international business. He served as a Fulbright Scholar to ISM University of Management and Economics, Vilnius, Lithuania during the 2005-06 academic year. He received a Vietnam Faculty Development in lnternational Business (FDIB) Program Fellowship in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, in 2010. The same year he received a senior distinguished fellowship from the Academy of World Business, Marketing and Management Development which was conferred in Oulu, Finland.
Dr. Adekola has authored two books: Global Business Management: A Cross-Cultural Perspective, which he co-authored with Bruno S. Sergi, and Gateway to personal investment: An American dream. He also is the author of book chapters and numerous articles.
Dr. Adekola received his doctor of business administration degree from Wayne Huizenga School of Business at Nova Southeastern University in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., and his master of business administration from D. Inez Andreas School of Business at Barry University, Miami Shores, Fla. He earned his bachelor of business administration degree at Florida International University in Miami, Fla.