The Indiana University School of Informatics and Computing has named Brad Wheeler interim dean. He currently serves as vice president for information technology and chief information officer at the university. Wheeler will succeed long-time dean Bobby Schnabel, who will step down next week.
Schnabel is is set to begin November 1 as executive director and chief executive officer of the Association for Computing Machinery, which bills itself as the world’s largest educational and scientific computing society. He served as dean of the IU school since 2007.
Wheeler will add the role of interim dean to his current responsibilities. IU has launched a search for a full-time successor. Wheeler has been with the school for 14 years and has led IT initiatives for the eight-campus institution since 2007.
Provost and Executive Vice President Lauren Robel says "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. I am grateful that such an experienced and talented university leader has agreed to serve in this critical position."
The IU School of Informatics and Computing includes around 150 faculty and 100 staff members, as well as 3,500 undergraduate and graduate students at the Bloomington and Indianapolis campuses.
Earlier this month, the school broke ground on the nearly $40 million Luddy Hall on the Bloomington campus. The school is also set to offer a new degree in intelligent systems engineering in the 2016-17 academic year.
The school says Wheeler’s accomplishments are recognized internationally. He co-founded the HathiTrust, which has grown to include more than 13 million digitized books in 400 languages, as well as a consortium of universities involving digital education called Unizin.
Wheeler is a board member of the IU Research and Technology Corp. and IU Health Bloomington Hospital.