Harden "Butch" Wheeler has been a strong supporter of Winston-Salem State University athletics for years. A Winston-Salem State University graduate, Wheeler has been a staunch supporter of Winston-Salem State University and WSSU athletics. He has provided support to WSSU athletics in a number of capacities, including providing financial support, advice to various department personnel, spearheading major events, donating food and even cooking when needed.
Harden and his wife Janet Wheeler, have established the Harden and Janet Wheeler Scholarship Fund which provides support to selected students from Forsyth County who attend WSSU.
In addition to his contributions to WSSU athletics Wheeler has been a pillar in the Winston-Salem, North Carolina community through his involvement in the Northwest Piedmont Service Corp Board of Directors, the Winston Lake Senior Golf Association, and Carver High School Alumni Association and was a past board member of Big Brothers-Big Sisters, the Children's Theater, and at First Baptist Church.
Wheeler is the owner of J-Wheels Auto and worked as a special education teacher in the Winston-Salem Forsyth County school system for 23 years. He also spent three years as a public safety officer in the Winston-Salem Police department. Wheeler has also spent time in the military with six years in the National Guard and five years in the U.S. Navy Reserve.