Brad Wheeler is the vice president for information technology and chief information office, Indiana University, and Rudy Professor of Information Systems in the Kelley School of Business at IU Bloomington. He earned a B.S. in business management and M.B.A. from Oklahoma State University, and Ph.D. in information systems from the Indiana University Graduate School of Business. He is an expert in net-enabled organizations, open source software, innovation with digital networks, CIO executive leadership, executive leadership of IT strategy, and executive programs in business-IT effectiveness.
Wheeler co-founded and led open source software and service collaborations such as the Sakai Project, Kuali, and the HathiTrust. He 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 digital learning landscape. He is the chairman for the Kuali Foundation and served on the board of EDUCAUSE from 2009-2012. Wheeler has been the principal investigator for millions of dollars in external grant funding. He has multiple published articles and served as keynote speaker throughout the U.S. and world.
Wheeler received the IU Bicentennial Medal in August 2019 in recognition of his distinguished service as vice president for IT and CIO, and member of the president's executive cabinet.