Noteworthy: Last month, Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald presented Wilke and Rosedale Technical College with a proclamation honoring the institution as the county’s newest college and acknowledging its recent success in preparing graduates for jobs in skilled trades. Wilke will serve as a board member for the Rural Community College Initiative, which will meet for the first time next month.
Residence: South Fayette
Family: Wife, Christine; sons, Ben, 17, and Nick, 15; daughter, Anna, 13
Occupation: President and director of Rosedale Technical College in Kennedy and chairman of Precision Manufacturing Institute in Meadville
Background: Wilke worked for May Department Stores Co., the parent company of Kaufmann’s department stores, for 14 years. He became vice president and controller of the company’s Houston-based Foley’s department stores. He started working for Rosedale as a vice president in 2005, then took over the presidency from his father.
Education: Wilke graduated from Meadville High School and earned degrees in economics and philosophy from Carnegie Mellon University.
Quote: “The skills gap is real, based on the number of employers looking to hire our graduates. Now is a great time to be in the skilled trades.”