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GFCB Strategic Planning Council - Whitney Peake

Dr. Whitney Peake

Dr. Whitney Peake

Vitale Professor of Entrepreneurship and Associate Professor - Management

Office:  GH 234D
Phone:  270-745-3531


Dr. Peake's research focuses on legitimacy seeking and acquisition from stakeholder, entrepreneurship, gender, and family business perspectives. She has presented her research at several academic conferences including the Academy of Management annual meeting, the Applied and Agricultural Economics Association annual meeting, and the United States Association for Business and Entrepreneurship annual meeting. Along with co-authors, Dr. Peake has won three conference best paper awards for her research on entrepreneurship and food recall communications. She currently serves on the editorial board for the Small Business Institute Journal.


Ph.D. and M.S. in Agricultural Economics ~ Purdue University

B.S.A. in Agribusiness Management ~ Murray State University

A native of Princeton, Ky., Dr. Peake and her husband, Jeff, have two sons, Charlie and Booker. She enjoys spending time with family, trying new foods and baking cookies.

Areas of Expertise

  • Entrepreneurship
  • Small business
  • Family business
  • Rural businesses
  • Business social performance
  • Gender issues in business
  • Mentoring
  • Food recalls
  • Agricultural economics

Professional Organizations

  • Academy of Management
  • Small Business Institute
  • United States Association of Small Business and Entrepreneurship

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 Last Modified 9/24/14