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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)
1500 N. State Road 46 Bypass, Room CIB 2709

  • IU Vice President for IT & Chief Information Officer,
    Office of the Vice President for IT & CIO
  • 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

  • Project Development Leader, Purolator Products Inc./OSU Marketing Decision Support System Project, Tulsa, OK, 1989-90
  • Tandy Computer Center, Stillwater, OK, July 1987-January 1988.
  • Cooperative Extension Service, Stillwater, OK, February 1983-1987.
  • Wheeler Chevrolet-Olds & Pontiac, Hinton, OK, 1976-1985.

Awards, Honors & Certifications

  • 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 2006].
  • 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.
  • Knowledge Management for the Sakai Project, Co-PI with S. Workman, IU request for $75,000 contract to leverage IU’s Knowledge Base for the Sakai Project, Funded by the Sakai Educational Partner’s Program (contract from the U. of Michigan).
  • 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).
  • The Sakai Project (2003), Co-Principal Investigator & Vice-Chairman of the Sakai Board of Directors, The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, $2,400,000 ($6.8M overall project).
  • Wheeler, B. C. (2002) Microsoft Research support of Doctoral Student Research Articles Summary Repository, $5,000.
  • Wheeler, B. C. (2001), Microsoft Research support of AMCIS Doctoral Consoritum, $5,000.
  • Society for Information Management (SIM) Doctoral Fellow: Thirteenth Annual International Conference on Information Systems.
  • Course Development Grant from Microsoft Research for the e-Business Core website, 2000
  • Featured faculty member in Lotus’ video briefing for innovative uses of Notes in the classroom, 1999.
  • One of five outstanding professors named by the 1996 graduating University of Maryland MBA class in the bi-annual Business Week survey.
  • One of four business school faculty featured in Lotus Development Corp.'s video, Lotus Notes Executive Briefing for Business Schools, Part # 44099, 1996.
  • Allen J. Krowe Award for Innovation in Teaching Excellence, 1995.

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 is a professor of information systems in IU’s Kelley School of Business, and has taught executive programs for corporate and MBA audiences on six continents. He is Indiana University's vice president for information technology and chief information officer, and leads IT services for IU's eight campuses. These services include research, educational, administrative, networking, and other shared IT services. He has co-founded some of higher education’s most transformative software and service collaborations including the Sakai Project for teaching and learning software, Kuali for financial and other administrative systems, and the HathiTrust for digital copies of scanned books as part of the Google Book Project. These projects are a blend of both open source and traditional development models that have grown to an ecosystem encompassing over $60M of pooled investments from 50 institutions and 22 commercial firms.

Selected Publications

  • 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 ››

  • Gandel, P. B. and B. C. Wheeler (2005), "Of Birkenstocks and Wingtips: Open Source Licenses,"  EDUCAUSE Review, Vol. 40, No. 1, pp. 10-11. Read Abstract ››

  • Wheeler, B. C. (2004), "Open Source 2007: How Did This Happen?," EDUCAUSE Review, Vol. 39, No. 4, pp. 12-27.

  • Wheeler, B. C. (2004), "The Open Source Parade," EDUCAUSE Review, Vol. 39, No. 6, pp. 68-69.

  • Wheeler, B. C. (2004), "The Inevitable Unbundling of Software and Support," Syllabus, March.

  • Wheeler, B. C. (2003), "Aligning IT Strategy to Open Source, Partnering, and Web Services," EDUCAUSE Center for Applied Research.