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Indiana University Bloomington

Operations & Decision Technologies

ODT Widget Faculty

"The faculty at Kelley are amazing to work with. The Academy students are really engaged and are very impressive."
Casey Wayson,
Recruiter, Eaton Corp.

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 ››