John A. Bielec

John A. Bielec, Ph.D., is currently the Vice President for Information Resources and Technology and CIO at Drexel University. Dr. Bielec also served concurrently, in a unique management arrangement, as the CIO at MCP Hahnemann University. Drexel is known for its ubiquitous computing environment requiring all students (since 1983) to own a personal computer and was rated by Yahoo! Internet Life Magazine as the number one wireless university in the United States. MCP Hahnemann University was the largest private medical school in the United States. In July 2002, MCP Hahnemann was acquired by Drexel University as the Drexel College of Medicine representing one of the most complex higher education organizational and technological transformations ever implemented.

In 2000, Drexel became the first major university to operate a fully wireless campus. In 2002, the university launched DrexelOne Mobile, the first wireless Web portal service for students extending the campus IT service boundaries to any web enabled mobile device, anywhere in the world. In 2007, Drexel in partnership with Earthlink, expanded free wireless connectivity to the Drexel community anywhere within the Philadelphia Wireless cloud.

Drexel, in a Software as a Service (SaaS) arrangement, provides IT services to a number of schools including Cabrini College, Neumann College, Medaille College and Cumberland University. Drexel has also provided SAP academic, application ASP services to nearly 30 business schools throughout the US and UK.

Drexel is one of 20 connectors to the high-speed Internet2 Abilene network and provides I2 connectivity to the 14 Universities of the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education.

Dr. Bielec's past experience includes serving in many administrative and faculty posts, including Vice President for Administrative Affairs at the University of Maryland, College Park, as well as positions at the American University, Johns Hopkins University and the Smithsonian. He holds a doctorate degree from the School of Public Affairs at the University of Maryland in Public Policy and Administration. He is a frequent speaker at National and International conferences on information technology as an agent of organizational change; educational policy and strategic planning; and income generation.

Dr. Bielec has extensive international experience and previously served as a university administrative Fulbright in the United Kingdom (University of Warwick). He has received many awards including being recognized by both Computerworld and CIO Magazine as one of the business world’s Premier 100 IT leaders. In 2007, Bielec was appointed Philadelphia’s CIO of the Year by the Eastern Technology Council and in 2011 received the Smart CIO award from SmartCEO magazine. Bielec was appointed by Microsoft Corporation as a founding member of the Higher Education Advisory Group and has served on a number of other advisory groups including the SunGard HE CIO advisory committee, University Business editorial advisory board, the Philadelphia CIO Summit executive committee, the rSmart Innovator’s Program and the Board of Trustee’s of the Commission on Graduates of Foreign Nursing Schools. Bielec was recently appointed to the Board of Trustees of KINBER (Keystone Initiative for Network Based Education and Research), and the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania's CIO Roundtable.

Other awards include the Hines award from the National Association of College and University Business Officers, the Wharton Infosys Business Transformation Medal and the Phi Kappa Phi Faculty mentor award.

Dr. Bielec is a national and international consultant in higher education administration and information technology and has served as Senior Research Fellow at the International Centre for Higher Education Management at the University of Bath, UK. Dr. Bielec also serves as the United States liaison to EUNIS (European University Information Systems Organization) representing its members on collaborative initiatives with U.S. institutions and associations.