Wilkes University


Rodney Ridley of Wilkes University's Allan P. Kirby Center for Free Enterprise and Entrepreneurship named Innovator of the Year

Rodney Ridley, executive director and distinguished professor at the Allan P. Kirby Center for Free Enterprise and Entrepreneurship at Wilkes University, received the 2017 Innovator of the Year Award from the Greater Wilkes-Barre Chamber of Commerce. The award was presented June 13 at a ceremony for the chamber’s Epic Awards at the F.M. Kirby Center in Wilkes-Barre. Ridley was honored for his contributions to business development in the region, including his role in helping to establish the chamber’s Wilkes-Barre Connect Initiative, which acts as a catalyst for business development in northeastern Pennsylvania.

Ridley is the founding director of the Allan P. Kirby Enterprise Center, the University’s business incubator, and the founding director of its technology transfer office.  He also is founding director of the industry and community outreach office, the founding director of the Kirby Scholars Program and the founder of the Allan P. Kirby Center’s micro-grant fund. He is co-founder of the center’s business mentor program. Ridley also teaches courses in the Jay S. Sidhu School of Business and Leadership and the College of Science and Engineering at Wilkes.

He is co-chair of the small technology transfer office committee of the Association of University Technology Managers. Ridley serves on many boards and committees, including CAN DO in Hazleton, Pa., the Northeast Pennsylvania Industrial Resource Center and the advisory board for Ben Franklin Technology Partners of Northeast Pennsylvania.

Wilkes-Barre news media covered the Epic Awards ceremony. To read media coverage of the Epic Awards ceremony, please click on the links below.


Epic Awards Honor Inspiring Individuals

Citizens’ Voice:

An EPIC Evening at the Kirby Center