Wheeler Student Internship Program
Mr. Thomas L. Wheeler III
Tom Wheeler's affinity and dedication to The Ohio State
University is a result of a long-standing tradition within his
family. His relationship with the university reaches back into his
ancestry, with both his grandmother and grandfather having attended
Ohio State. His father continued the tradition, graduating from the
Commerce College (now Fisher College of Business), followed by Mr.
Wheeler himself. Tom attended Ohio State and graduated with a BS in
Industrial Engineering in 1955. At The Ohio State University, Tom was
elected as President of his Junior class and of his fraternity,
Sigma Phi Epsilon.
Upon receiving his degree, Tom served in the Army Corp of Engineers as a 1st
Lieutenant from 1955-1957. After his time in the service, he began
his professional career at Westinghouse where he worked as a
manufacturing engineer. Tom graduated from the Wharton School of Business at the
University of Pennsylvania with
his Master's in Industrial Management in 1959.
After receiving his MBA, Tom worked for two years at Suburban
Motor Freight in Chicago as an Assistant Terminal Manager, where he
utilized his degree from Ohio State, performing industrial engineer
work. Tom's next career move led him to the A.T. Kearney Consulting Firm, where
he worked as a management consultant in the transportation industry
for five years. He then relocated to Maine, where he worked as an
operations manager at a regional truck line until 1967.
Finally, in 1967, Tom found his long-term career at United Parcel
Service, where he served various roles. His tenure at UPS
included work as a Regional Manager in Industrial Engineering and
Corporate Real Estate manager. His time at UPS spanned over 27 years,
and led to his retirement in 1993.
While Tom was born and raised in Grandview, Ohio, he now resides
in Silverthorne, Colorado. He was President of the Historical Society in Northbrook,
Illinois and now serves as Director of the Historical
Society in Silverthorne, Colorado. Tom frequently returns to
Columbus and enjoys visiting his alma mater, where two of his four
children attended college as well. When learning that Gerlach Hall
was to be built, a building that would eventually become a
cornerstone in the Fisher College of Business, Tom and his mother
funded an endowment in advertising in memory of his father and now a
room in Gerlach Hall bears the name of the Wheeler family. Tom made
another generous donation within the university at the Center for
Entrepreneurship, providing funds for students to participate in
entrepreneurial internship opportunities. In his leisure time, Tom
enjoys fishing and golfing.