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Brad Wheeler named interim dean for IU School of Informatics and Computing

CIO succeeds Robert B. Schnabel as IU conducts a broad-ranging search to find a permanent successor

(This article originally appeared in the IU Newsroom:

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- Bradley C. Wheeler, Indiana University vice president for information technology and chief information officer, has been appointed interim dean of the IU School of Informatics and Computing effective Nov. 1, subject to approval of the Board of Trustees.

Wheeler, who will also continue in his current position, succeeds Robert B. Schnabel, who steps down as dean Oct. 31. The university is conducting a broad-ranging search to find a permanent successor.

A member of IU's information technology leadership team for the past 14 years, Wheeler has led university-wide IT services for IU's eight campuses since his appointment in 2007 as vice president for information technology and chief information officer. He is also a professor of information systems in the IU Kelley School of Business.

Previously, Wheeler served as associate dean for teaching and learning IT, associate vice president for research and academic computing, associate vice president for community source initiatives, dean of IT for the Bloomington campus and acting chief information officer.

"Vice President Wheeler knows the school well and has the expertise and experience to ensure that its important initiatives, such as the construction of its new building, will stay on track during the search for new permanent leadership," said Provost and Executive Vice President Lauren Robel. "I am grateful that such an experienced and talented university leader has agreed to serve in this critical position."

As interim dean of the IU School of Informatics and Computing, Wheeler will serve as the chief academic and administrative officer for the school and lead an organization of about 150 faculty, 100 staff and 3,500 undergraduate and graduate students across the school’s two campuses in Bloomington and Indianapolis.

Established in 2000, the school has experienced particularly rapid growth in recent years, including tripling research funding and undergraduate enrollment, and doubling graduate enrollment, since 2007. On Oct. 2, the school broke ground on the $39.8 million, 124,000-square-foot Luddy Hall on the Bloomington campus and will start offering degrees in intelligent systems engineering beginning in the 2016-17 academic year.

"The School of Informatics and Computing has great momentum in its growth and expanding role and now as home to the new programs in intelligent systems engineering," Wheeler said. "I'm honored to help lead the school as it enters the next major phase in its already highly accomplished history."

Wheeler is an internationally recognized leader for innovating new models of multi-institution collaboration for research, education, scholarship, administrative systems and commercial partnering. His university-wide role has enabled partnerships with many academic disciplines, schools and IU campuses.

He co-founded the HathiTrust, which now includes over 13 million fully digitized books in 400 languages, and helped create the HathiTrust Research Center, which enables research by scholars in both the humanities and informatics. He also recently co-founded Unizin, a consortium of universities that are working together to enable many new options for digital education for both residential and distributed learners, and he has been primary investigator or co-primary investigator on over $10 million of externally funded contracts and grants.

In 2009, he led the creation of IU's eTexts initiative, which dramatically reduced the costs of college textbooks for students through favorable terms for digital textbooks. More recently, he was charged, in partnership the Ruth Lilly Dean of Libraries, with implementing IU’s Media Digitization and Preservation Initiative, which will digitize nearly 400,000 audio, video and film holdings at the university.

As an award-winning professor and accomplished classroom teacher, Wheeler has taught in residential and online undergraduate and graduate programs, as well as with corporate executives, including work on six continents.

A native of Hinton, Okla., Wheeler received both his bachelor's and MBA degrees from Oklahoma State University. He received his Ph.D. in information systems from the IU Kelley School of Business and was previously a professor at the University of Maryland.

He serves on the boards of the IU Research and Technology Corp. and IU Health Bloomington Hospital.

Schnabel will serve as the executive director and CEO of the Association for Computing Machinery after departing IU.