James B. Wilcox


James Wilcox is a native of the Mississippi Gulf Coast and has served as the Director of The University of Southern Mississippi's Center for Economic and Entrepreneurship Education since 2011. With an educational background in international business (BSBA) and economic development (MSED) and a philosophy of educational activism, his efforts have helped cultivate a climate of youth entrepreneurship in Mississippi and have distinguished him as an educational leader in the state.

Mr. Wilcox is particularly recognized for preparing K-12 teachers in the subject areas of economics, entrepreneurship, and financial literacy as well as co-developing and championing the Southern Entrepreneurship Program (SEP), a statewide youth initiative that annually engages 500+ Mississippi high school students in economic and financial education through real-world business development experiences.

Professional Affiliations

  • Member, National Association of Economic Educators, since 2011; Education Committee Co-Chair (2016)
  • Member, Community Development Society, since 2009; Board of Directors (2011-2013), International Committee Co-Chair (2011-2013)

Honors and Awards

  • The Rising Star Award, National Association of Economic Educators & Council for Economic Education (CEE), 2014
  • Business Advisory Council Staff Award, College of Business, The University of Southern Mississippi, 2013
  • Donald W. Littrell New Professional Award, Community Development Society (CDS), 2012