Jerry Rhead

Head of Academic Entrepreneurship
Developer. Collaborator. Whistle Blower.

Gerald (Jerry) Rhead is passionate about ending each day better than he found it – a philosophy his Father imparted.  His Father may have been on to something as Jerry’s high school career assessment match was Priest, and in some circles, people call him “Father” Jerry.  In other circles people call him “Coach” as he has taken over 1,000-line drives to the shins coaching competitive youth baseball and is a member of the Basketball Coaches Association of Michigan (BCAM) 100 wins club (not bragging here, it takes a really long time to get that many wins)! 

This philosophy is prevalent in his work as the Director of Academic Entrepreneurship for the HUB for Innovation in Learning & Technology.  His collaborations with faculty are always about imagining what is possible and challenging assumptions to make their digital learning projects and online programs a reality. 

Jerry is an inaugural member of the HUB team transitioning from MSU Global where he collaborated with faculty on the development of their innovation fellowship projects. Prior to MSU Global, he was an assistant director in MSU Outreach and Engagement leading development of online credit and non-credit programs.  

A Michigan native, Jerry earned a M.S. in Higher Education Administration with a specialization in Organizational Development from Western Michigan University and a B.S. in Advertising and Public Relations from Ferris State University.  October through March you will find him with a whistle in his mouth coaching competitive youth basketball and the balance of the year there is a good chance that a fishing pole is in his one hand and occasionally a lunker in the other.


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