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Last modified: Friday, March 16, 2012

Wheeler honored by Government Technology and The Chronicle of Higher Education

March 16, 2012

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- Brad Wheeler, Indiana University vice president for information technology and chief information officer, recently received a pair of honors for his leadership in higher education from two notable publications: Government Technology, an award-winning national magazine covering information technology's role in state and local governments, and The Chronicle of Higher Education, a nationally known news service for the academic world.

Wheeler was named one of Government Technology's top 25 "Doers, Dreamers and Drivers in Public Sector Innovation." The annual honor, instituted in 2002, is given to individuals from government, academia and the private sector who share a willingness to challenge convention and find new answers to longstanding issues. Government Technology recognized Wheeler's efforts in leading open-source initiatives that cut through the public sector's "infamous barriers to innovation -- tight budgets, organizational inertia, politics as usual, etc. -- to shape government operations for the better."

The honor comes on the heels of Wheeler being profiled, on Feb. 26, among 12 technology innovators by The Chronicle of Higher Education, which called attention to his success in spearheading eText agreements with publishers that lower costs for students and open-source collaborations throughout higher education.

Wheeler, who is also a professor of information systems in IU's Kelley School of Business, is highly regarded nationally and internationally for fostering software and service collaborations, such as Sakai and Kuali, in higher education. He is also playing a leading role in guiding higher education through current changes in the textbook industry brought on by the shift from print to digital.

Upon being named IU's vice president for IT and CIO in 2007, Wheeler said, "As vice president for information technology, I will continue to aggressively partner and collaborate with our faculty, schools, state government and the commercial sector to fulfill the mission of Indiana University." These honors acknowledge Wheeler's continued focus on the mission of Indiana University and higher education.

Wheeler received his Ph.D. in information systems from the IU Kelley School of Business in 1993. A native of Hinton, Okla., he received both his bachelor's and MBA degrees from Oklahoma State University.