2019 Apex Alumni Whitney Peake
is the Vitale Professor of Entrepreneurship, Director of the Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation (CEI), and Associate Professor of Management at Western Kentucky University.
Prior to joining WKU, Dr. Peake was an assistant professor of Agribusiness in the School of Agriculture at Murray State University and an assistant professor in the Department of Management at the University of North Texas. She holds a bachelor’s degree in agribusiness economics from Murray State (03’) and her master’s (05’) and Ph.D. (08’) degrees in agricultural economics from Purdue. Whitney is originally from Princeton, Kentucky, where she has been involved in family businesses since childhood.
As Director of the Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation, Dr. Peake is actively engaged in teaching, research, and service. She teaches courses in basic entrepreneurship, small business consulting, small business management and family business management. Her research on entrepreneurship, small business, family business, and pedagogy has been published in leading academic journals and practitioner outlets. Whitney will tell anyone she meets that she “has the best job,” as director of the CEI because of the opportunity to help students start businesses and apply her research to practice.