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Dr. Milton Wheeler

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Professor History

Local Address: Hattiesburg, Mississippi, United States
William Carey University

Employment History

Board Memberships and Affiliations

  • Executive Board
    Mississippi Historical Society


  • B.A. degree
    William Carey University
  • Ph.D.
    Tulane University
  • M.A.
    Tulane University
20 Total References
Web References
Milton Wheeler, District ..., 12 Nov 2007 [cached]
Milton Wheeler, District Governor
Expecting a miracle: WCU's ..., 14 June 2013 [cached]
Expecting a miracle: WCU's Milton Wheeler, wife battling cancer
Rotary International District 6840, Serving Southeast Louisiana and South Mississippi, 1 Jan 2006 [cached]
District Governor Milton Wheeler
Born in Mobile, Alabama, Milton Wheeler moved to District 6840 in 1957 to attend William Carey University, where he earned a B.A. degree and a national Woodrow Wilson Fellowship, underwriting full expenses to any graduate school in America.He chose to stay in the district and earned his M.A. and Ph.D. at Tulane University.He returned to his alma mater where he has taught forty-three years on the Hattiesburg, Gulfport and New Orleans campuses.
Rotary came into Milton's life in 1971.He was a member of the district's original Group Study Exchange Team to Australia.He fell in love with Roary.On returning home he discovered that his classification (higher education) was full in the Hattiesburg club.In fact,there was a waiting list, what with two colleges in town.Not to be detered, a new club was formed in 1971, Petal, to accomodate a thousand classifications.A charter member of the Rotary Club of Petal, Milton has maintained a perfect attendance for thirty-five years.
On the district level, Milton served for fourteen years as Group Study Exchange Chariman.In this capacity he made his second GSE tour, this time to India as the Rotarian leader.In 2002 he taught for four months in Russia, in eleven universities in eight cities, as a Rotary University Teacher Grantee.During Rotary's Centennial year he was Zone Coordinator for Rotary Literacy Projects.For the last seven years he has served as director of orienation for outgoing ambassadorial scholars.His high water mark in Rotary came in 1989-90 when he served as district governor.The international theme that year was the simple and easy, "Enjoy Rotary!".And enjoy Rotary he and the district did, setting records for conference attendance, 100% at PETS, 100% at District Assembly and 100% of clubs at district conference.
Milton and his wife, Donna, who are in their fifth decade of marriage, have seven Paul Harris fellowhsips.He is a benefactor to The Rotary Foundation.An avid traveler and student of international affairs, Milton has led 82 tours to Europe, 14 to Israel and Egypt, 10 to Australia and New Zealand and too many to count to the U.S., Canada, and Latin America.He is a devotee of baseball and has a baseball park named for him at William Carey University.He has a weekly television program on Hattiesburg's Cable Six that has featured historic backgrounds for 31 years.For 20 years he served on the executive board of the Mississippi Historical Society.
With the passing of his dear friend,Governor-elect Ray Hymel of Belle Chasse, Milton accepted the district's challenge to be governor for a rare second time.Indeed, he has dedicated the year as a memorial to Ray and has offered the distict a challenge.
    Most importantly, I want to ..., 8 Sept 2011 [cached]
    Most importantly, I want to thank one man- Dr. Milton Wheeler, a history professor at William Carey University. Dr. Wheeler has been a passionate teacher of history for 50 years and is truly a walking encyclopedia when it comes to European travel, partly because he has led 96 tours to this continent but mainly due to his passion for the area and it's historical significance.
    Beginning in February, I started having weekly lunch meetings with Dr. Wheeler at our restaurants. I traded soup for knowledge. The information he offered was worth 1,000 guidebooks and gallons of gumbo. He helps pilot our movements, even while we are here.
    With such a hectic week, I'd like to focus on two events- the dinners in Olympia and Istanbul.
    It was Dr. Wheeler who recommended the Hotel Europa in Olympia.
The Rotary Club of Grand ..., 16 Dec 2009 [cached]
The Rotary Club of Grand Cayman held a luncheon recently at the Westin where the main address was given by notable Rotarian and William Carey University's Professor of History, Dr Milton Wheeler.
Dr Wheeler had been invited to the Cayman Islands by alumni of the institution, who were hosting a reunion.
Addressing the participants, Dr Wheeler applauded them for joining the Rotary Club and described it as one of the most prestigious organisations in the world. He dedicated part of his speech to show how the service organisations have been performing internationally.
He noted that based on the integrity of the Rotary Club members, those who examined and were responsible for the certification of the quality of silk in India's fabric manufacturers were members of the Club.
"You have to be the best to be the best," he said.
Speaking of Rotarians in India, he said that the organisation's prestige had grown so much that the Rotarian abbreviation 'Rtn' was now an official title.
Dr Wheeler talked of the Polio Plus Project started in 1970, where $240 million was raised and used for vaccinations, including $6 million in Vietnam and $18 million in Brazil.
"When I became President in my district, we had wiped out polio in the Western Hemisphere," he said.
He gave examples of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation that had given a $100 million dollar matching grant, adding that Bill Gates trusts Rotary for having raised $250 million.
"The famed Camp David Accord was started by the Rotarian Club of Cairo and that of Jerusalem," Dr Wheeler said.
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