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Bradley C. Wheeler

Contact Information

(812) 855-3478
bwheeler [at] indiana [dot] edu (E-mail)
2709 E. Tenth Street

  • IU Vice President for Information Technology & Chief Information Officer
  • Professor of Information Systems


  • Bloomington


  • PhD, Information Systems, Indiana University Graduate School of Business, 1993
  • MBA, Oklahoma State University, 1989
  • BS, Business Management, Oklahoma State University, 1987

Professional Experience

  • Chairman and Co-Founder, Kuali Foundation, 2004-present
  • EDUCAUSE Board, 2009-2012, Treasurer 2010, 2011
  • Chairman, Connexions Consortium, 2010-2011
  • IU Research and Technology Corporation, Secretary, 2007-Present
  • Vice-Chairman, The Sakai Foundation; Board member in charge of commercial relationships, 2005-2006
  • Vice-Chairman, The Sakai Project Board of Directors; Board member in charge of commercial relationships, 2004-2005

Awards, Honors & Certifications

  • The Kuali OLE Project: Year Four, Principal Investigator, $882,000, The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, 1/13/14-1/31/15.
  • The Kuali OLE Project: Year Three, Principal Investigator, $750,000. The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, 1/1/13-2/28/14.
  • Leadership Award, EDUCAUSE, 2013.
  • CIO 100 Award, CIO Magazine, June 2012.
  • Government Technology's "Top 25 Doers, Dreamers, and Drivers in Public Sector Innovation," Government Technology, February 2012.
  • The Chronicle of Higher Education's "12 Tech Innovators Who Are Transforming Campuses," February 2012.
  • Kuali Open Library Environment (OLE) Project, Principal Investigator, $2.38M, The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, 1/4/10-12/31/12.
  • CIO 100 Award, CIO Magazine, June 2009.
  • Cyberinfrastructure Software Sustainability and Reusability Workshop, Principal Investigator, $131,746, National Science Foundation, 9/1/08-8/31/10.
  • Licensing and Policy Framework Summit for Open Source Collaboration in Higher Education (2006), PI/Convenor and Summit Leader, The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation (Scholarly Communications Division), $36,000, International Summit in Indianapolis, 18-20 October.
  • Open Source Student Services System (2006), Planning Grant, Principal Investigator, The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, $38,000.
  • Acquisition of a High-Speed, High Capacity Storage System to Support Scientific Computing: The Data Capacitor (2005), Senior Investigator, $1.72M, National Science Foundation, #0521433, 2005-2008; C.A. Stewart, PI; R. Bramley, B. Plale, T. Hacker, and C. Pilachowski, Co-PIs.
  • The Kuali Project (2005), Principal Investigator, The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, $2,500,000 ($7.3M overall project).
  • The Twin Peaks Navigator (2004), Principal Investigator, Sun Microsystems, $32,000.
  • The Sakai Educational Partners Program (SEPP) (2004), Co-Principal Investigator, The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, $300,000 ($600k overall project for year 2004).
  • The ePortfolio Project (2003), Principal Investigator, The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, $518,000 ($1.1M overall project).

Professional Interests

Net-enabled Organizations, Open Source Software, Innovation with Digital Networks, CIO Executive Leadership, Executive Leadership of IT Strategy, Executive Programs in Business-IT Effectiveness


Dr. Brad Wheeler leads university-wide IT services for IU's eight campuses. He has co-founded and led open source software and service collaborations such as the Sakai Project, Kuali, and the HathiTrust. He also developed IU's eTexts initiative and implemented a cutting-edge delivery model to tackle the high costs of textbooks for students. Most recently, he co-founded Unizin, a consortium of universities seeking to exert greater control and influence over the digital learning landscape.

Selected Publications

  • Wheeler, B., (2014), "Speeding up on Curves," EDUCAUSE Review, 49(1), Jan-Feb.

  • Wheeler, B., (2013), "Murdered by the Matrix: How to Buy the Future," NAEP National Meeting, Keynote Speaker, April.

  • Hilton, J.L., and Wheeler, B., (2012), "The Marketecture of Community," EDUCAUSE Review, 47:6.

  • Wheeler, B., (2012), "Fixing the High Price of Textbooks," The Chronicle of Higher Education, Rebooting the Academy: 12 Tech Innovators Who Are Transforming Campuses, pp. 42-45.

  • Osborne, N., & Wheeler, B., (2012), "Shaping the Path to Digital: The Indiana University eTexts Initiative," EDUCAUSE Game Changers: Education and Information Technologies, pp. 373-380.

  • Henry, C., & Wheeler, B., (2012), "The Game Has Changed," EDUCAUSE Review, 47:2.

  • Wheeler, B. (2012), "Above-Campus Services: A Leadership Agenda," ACUTA Annual Conference, April.

  • Wheeler, B. (2011), "Controlling the Higher Ed Enterprise (for less than $5B)," Enterprise and Information Technology Conference, May.

  • Wheeler, B. C. (2011), “Changing the Game,” CCA-EDUCAUSE, Keynote Speaker, Australia, Sydney, April.

  • Wheeler, B. C. (2010), "About that $1B Per Year…," EDUCAUSE Review, 45(6).

  • McRobbie, Michael. A. and Brad C. Wheeler (2010), "Three Insights for Presidents and CIOs," EDUCAUSE Review, Vol. 45, No. 3, May/June, pp. 8-9. Read Abstract ››

  • Katz, R. N, E. C. Harel, A. K. Keehn, M. King, J. Kossuth, D. Wesemann, and B. Wheeler (2010), "Looking At Clouds from All Sides Now," EDUCAUSE Review, Vol. 45, No. 3, May/June, pp. 32-45. Read Abstract ››

  • Wheeler, B. and S. Waggener (2009), "Above-Campus Services: Shaping the Promise of Cloud Computing for Higher Education," EDUCAUSE Review, Vol. 44, No. 6, pp. 52-66. Read Abstract ››

  • Wheeler, B. (2008), "In Search of Certitude," EDUCAUSE Review, Vol. 43, No. 3, pp. 14-34. Read Abstract ››

  • DeStefano, J. and B. C. Wheeler (2007), "Mitigating the Risks of Big Systems," Business Officer, July/August, pp. 21-26. Read Abstract ››

  • Wheeler, B. (2007), "Leading Beyond the ICT Conundrums for Scholarship 2.0," Presented at EDUCAUSE Australasia 2007, Melbourne, Australia, May 2, 2007. Read Abstract ››

  • Wheeler, B. C. (2007), "Open Source 2010: Reflections on 2007," EDUCAUSE Review, Vol. 42, No. 1, pp. 49-52, 54, 56, 58, 60, 62, 64, 66-67. Read Abstract ››

  • Hacker, T. J. and B. C. Wheeler (2007), "Making Research Cyberinfrastructure a Strategic Choice," EDUCAUSE Quarterly, Vol. 30, No. 1. Read Abstract ››