Wilcke Named Director of University of Louisville Equine Program

Richard W. Wilcke has been named the director of the University of Louisville Equine Industry Program. Wilcke, a faculty member since 1995, succeeds Robert Lawrence, who recently retired after 18 years as head of the program.

Since the program was created in 1987, U of L 's College of Business has been the only one in the world accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) to offer an undergraduate business administration degree with an available major in the business of horses. More than 50 students currently are enrolled in the program.
Prior to joining the faculty at U of L, Wilcke served as the first executive director of the Maryland Million, the nation's original $1 million state-racing day started in 1986. He also served as executive vice-president of the Maryland Horse Breeders Association, where he founded the Mid-Atlantic Thoroughbred magazine. From 1979 to 1984, he was CEO and President of the Council for a Competitive Economy, a Washington, D.C.-based business association with corporate members in all 50 states.

Currently, Wilcke is a director of the Kentucky Equine Education Project (KEEP), a member of the national racing committee of the American Quarter Horse Association in Amarillo, secretary of the American Youth Horse Council in Colorado Springs, a board member of the Kentucky Horse Council, and chairman of the Kentucky Quarter Horse Association's Sprint Racing Committee.