Primus Wheeler, Jr. is currently the Executive Director of the Jackson Medical Mall Foundation in Jackson, MS. He graduated from Tougaloo College in 1972 with a B.S. in Biology. He also has an Associates Degree in Respiratory Therapy from Hinds Community College and a Masters Degree in Education and Administration from Jackson State University.
Mr. Wheeler was employed at the University of Mississippi Medical Center (UMC) from 1975 until 1986. As a UMC employee he served as a Registered Respiratory Therapist, Director of Clinical Education and Chairman/Associate Professor of the Department of Respiratory Therapy in the School of Health Related Professions. Mr. Wheeler was also employed by Apria Healthcare from 1986 through 1996 as a regional vice president.
He returned to UMC in 1997 as Director of Ambulatory Services with the primary responsibility of moving the teaching clinics and support services to the Jackson Medical Mall. He also implemented a multi-practice primary healthcare center for UMC at the Jackson Medical Mall. Mr. Wheeler joined the Jackson Medical Mall Foundation in 2001 as its Executive Director. The Jackson Medical Mall Foundation manages the Jackson Medical Mall facility. The facility is a one a kind comprehensive healthcare facility providing human, cultural, healthcare services to more than 200,000 clients per year and economic and community development.
Mr. Wheeler has achieved numerous honors and awards including Who’s Who Among Black Americans, the first annual “Outstanding Community Service Award” by the National Society of Allied Health, Regional Vice President of the Year, Apria Healthcare, is a member of Phi Kappa Phi National Scholastic Honor Society, Alpha Eta National Scholastic Honor Society, recipient of the National Role Model Administrator’s Award presented by Minority Access Incorporated and Tougaloo College National Alumni Association Hall of Fame. He is certified (CRTT) and registered (RRT) by the National Board of Respiratory Care. . Mr. Wheeler is currently a member of many professional and community organizations including Life Member, Tougaloo National Alumni Association, The American Association for Respiratory Care, The National Board for Respiratory Care, Rotary Club of Jackson, Mississippi Association of Medical Equipment Suppliers and 100 Black Men of Jackson. He also serves on the Boards of Voice of Calvary Ministries, Transformation Jackson, Rotary Club of Jackson, MS and is Chairman of the Board of Trustees at Cade Chapel M. B. Church.
He is happily married to Mrs. Earlene J. Wheeler and they have two adult children, Primus III and Niki, and six grandchildren.