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10 Questions with Brad Wheeler

Tuesday, April 28, 2015   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Amanda Bureau

This month we are pleased to talk with Brad Wheeler, PhD, Indiana University’s Vice President for Information Technology and CIO and Professor of Information Systems. Read more about Brad and the OVPIT.

To start the conversation we asked Len Jessup's question, "What are the greatest challenges facing higher education over the next decade?" Dr. Wheeler responded, "While you can apply many different labels, universities are on an urgent journey to rethink the interdependencies in Cost, Quality, and Capacity in a changing world as education is increasingly a private rather than a public good."

Q: What is your most rewarding service activity? And why?

A: The most rewarding service activity is bringing together consortia of universities that leverage our investments and strengths to create services for education and research that are beyond what each of us could do alone.

Q: What's one trend that you are excited about?

A: I’m excited about the rise of Digital Education as moving beyond simplistic thoughts about residential v. online or evidence-free assertions of quality.

Q: Currently, what is your favorite class to teach? And why?

A: N/A

Q: What is your favorite saying or quote?

A:  “What has been will be again, what has been done will be done again; there is nothing new under the sun..” -  Ecclesiastes 1:9  

Q: What's one habit that makes you more productive at work?

A: Trusting quality people around me to achieve great things without me managing them.

Q: If you were to do it all over again, what would you have done differently?

A: From a career standpoint, I was an accidental administrator moving into a multi-campus role just after tenure and promotion to Associate Professor.  It has been a series of roles that were well-suited to my business professor skills, so I can’t really think of anything that should have been different. I am pleased that I stayed very engaged as a professor to earn my way to full professor before becoming a university vice president.

Q: Who has influenced your career?

A: Several people have been a tremendous influence including Michael McRobbie, now president of Indiana University, and formerly in my current job as VP for IT.  Many others of course as a professor, and early years were certainly influenced by Joe Valacich, Len Jessup, Sirkka Jarvenpaa, Gerry DeSanctis, and Maryam Alavi.

Q: What is your favorite memory at an AIS event (ICIS/AMCIS) or affiliated conference (ECIS/PACIS/etc.)?

A:  ICIS, Dallas, 1992.  It was my first ICIS while I was still finishing my dissertation.  There was a country and western dance at the event, and I recall returning to my room and telling Brian Mennecke (also a doctoral student) that “I just danced with Gerry DeSanctis…I’ll never wash that hand again.”  ;-)

Q: What is something very few people know about you?

A: I won the Hinton Oklahoma Tractor Driving Contest at the fair, and I’ll add that backing a four-wheeled trailer through increasingly narrow barrels is not for the faint of heart.

Q: Who would you like to see answer these questions next? And what would you like to see her/his thoughts on?  

A: Eric Denna.  Associate Professor and also Vice President for Information Technology at the University of Maryland answering  “How do we draw more quality business faculty into the VP for IT/CIO role?”

Prepared by the AIS Membership Subcommittee on Doctoral Studies

Ryan Wright, University of Massachusetts
Geoffrey Dick, Georgia Southern University
Arturo Castellanos, Florida International University

For questions about this series or suggestions of who you would like to see interviewed, please contact Ryan Wright (



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