Wilkes University


Charles J. Pierce Is the New Assistant Director of the Allan P. Kirby Center at Wilkes University

Charles Pierce, Assistant Director of the Allan P. Kirby CenterCharles J. Pierce is the new assistant director of the Allan P. Kirby Center for Free Enterprise and Entrepreneurship at Wilkes University. Pierce will support center executive director and distinguished professor Rodney Ridley in achieving the Kirby Center’s goals of expanding entrepreneurship education and philosophy across the Wilkes curriculum, operating and overseeing the Wilkes Enterprise Center, Technology Transfer Office and Small Venture Capital Fund, and outreach to the local community and industries of northeast Pennsylvania.

Prior to his appointment at the Kirby Center, Pierce was assistant director, former senior business consultant, and interim director at the Wilkes University Small Business Development Center. He was also co-owner of AJE Autosports in Ashley and Drums, Pa. 

“Charles brings so many different skills to the Kirby Center that are complementary to mine and the volunteers who work here,” said Rodney Ridley, director and distinguished professor of the Allan P. Kirby Center. “He has over 15 years’ experience helping to develop and mentor people and businesses at the Small Business Development Center. His specific training is in finance, so he’s able to perform company valuations. He has years of experience implementing just about every facet of business and business startup there is. Charles has the right demeanor and personality, including the ability to work with students, faculty, staff and our external clients and partners.” 

Pierce holds a bachelor’s and a master’s degree in business administration with concentrations in finance and marketing from Wilkes University. He received the 2012 America’s Small Business Development Center State Star award, which recognized him as the best Small Business Development Center employee in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Pierce has been involved with the Scranton Chamber of Commerce, serving from 2009 to 2013 as a MetroAction, Inc. board member and since 2009 has served on the MetroAction, Inc. Loan Review Committee. From 2005 to 2011, he also served on the Hazleton Chamber Funfest Committee as car show committee chairperson and craft show committee co-chairperson.