Drexel CIO John Bielec is Lone Philadelphian Honored
by Computerworld as a 2003 Premier 100 IT Leader

PHILADELPHIA (January 6, 2003) - Dr. John A. Bielec, Drexel University Vice President for Information Resources and Technology, has been recognized by Computerworld as one of the business world's Premier 100 IT Leaders, University President Constantine Papadakis announced today.

Bielec is the only chief information officer from Philadelphia - and one of four in higher education - on the list.

The award honors those who have creatively applied technology to execute their organization's business strategy. The Premier 100 IT Leaders award, now entering its fourth year, recognizes exceptional technology leadership, innovative approaches to business challenges, and effective execution of comprehensive IT strategies. Bielec will be honored at the Computerworld Premier 100 IT Leaders Conference, Feb. 23-25, 2003 at the JW Marriott Desert Ridge Resort in Scottsdale, Ariz.

Bielec was selected from hundreds of nominees based on those leaders who most closely matched Computerworld's Leadership Index, a set of characteristics that describes business and technology people who guide the effective use of IT in their organizations. Other award winners include leading IT executives from corporations such as Bayer Pharmaceutical, Circuit City Stores, Inc., Dow Chemical Company, and MasterCard International.

"IT leaders are responsible for a wide variety of initiatives that are vital to business - ranging from customer service to security assurance to a cost-effective supply chain," said Maryfran Johnson, editor in chief of Computerworld. "Computerworld's Premier 100 IT Leaders highlight an elite class of technology thought-leaders who truly practice what they preach about using IT to solve business problems creatively and enable new services."

Under Bielec's leadership, Drexel strengthened its long recognized leadership role in integrating technology into education. Drexel is one of the nation's most technologically innovative academic institutions because of its culture of ubiquitous computing. In 2000, Drexel became the first major university to operate a fully wireless CyberCampus, which Yahoo! Internet Life ranks No. 1 in the country. 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.

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Reaching out to regional colleges, Drexel, in a Service Provider arrangement, provides IT services to Philadelphia-area colleges including Cabrini, Neumann and Rosemont. Drexel is one of 50 connectors to the high-speed Internet2 Abilene network, providing I2 connectivity to the 14 Universities of the State System of Higher Education in Pennsylvania.

Over the past 20 years, Bielec has served in faculty and administrative posts at the University of Maryland, American University, Johns Hopkins University, Bowie State University, the Smithsonian Institution and Prince Georges Community College. He holds a doctorate from 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, strategic planning, and income generation.

"Drexel is committed to maintaining its leadership position as one of the nation's most technologically advanced universities," said Papadakis. "Dr. Bielec is a visionary who will keep Drexel at the forefront of technological innovation."

The complete list of Premier 100 IT Leaders can be found in the January 6, 2003 issue of Computerworld and online at www.computerworld.com. The issue includes several feature articles summarizing the challenges IT Leaders expect to face in the coming year including managing the IT workforce, improving core systems, vendor management, and aligning technology projects with business goals.

About Drexel University
Drexel is Philadelphia's technological leader in health sciences education. Founded in 1891 by financier Anthony J. Drexel, the University is nationally recognized for its excellence in co-operative education and research. Drexel's co-op program is among the nation's oldest, largest and most successful, comprising 1,500 employer organizations in 39 states and 12 countries.

In 1983, Drexel became the first university to require all students to have microcomputers. U.S. News & World Report ranks Drexel's library and information science program among the nation's top 10 and No. 1 for specialized programs in information systems. A leader in athletics, Drexel is ranked No. 1 in the nation in athletic gender equity by U.S. News & World Report.

In July 2002, Drexel united with MCP Hahnemann University, which included the nation's largest private medical college. Drexel is organized into eight colleges and three schools. The University enrolls more than 16,000 students from 100 nations and has more than 90,000 alumni worldwide.

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About Computerworld
Computerworld is the only integrated media company focused exclusively on the information needs of IT Leaders - those who manage and implement technology in Global 2000 organizations. The company's flagship weekly newspaper - along with its Computerworld.com Web site and conference series for IT Leaders - form the U.S.-based hub of the world's largest (58-edition) worldwide IT media network. Publishing since 1967, Computerworld has been recognized numerous times by Folio: Magazine and the Computer Press Association as the best computer newspaper, and was named to the "Media Power 50" in 2002 by Crain Communications' BtoB Magazine. Winner of more than 70 print and online editorial awards since 1998, Computerworld has a newspaper circulation of 202,000, a total print audience of 1,846,000 (according to IntelliQuest CIMS v.9.0), and an online audience of 800,000 unique monthly visitors (according to DoubleClick). Breaking news and resources for IT Leaders are available at www.computerworld.com.

Computerworld is a business unit of IDG, the world's leading technology media, research and event company. IDG publishes more than 300 magazines and newspapers and offers online users the largest network of technology-specific sites around the world through IDG.net (www.idg.net), which comprises more than 330 targeted Web sites in 80 countries. IDG is also a leading producer of 168 computer-related events worldwide, and IDG's research company, IDC, provides global market intelligence and advice through 51 offices in 43 countries. Company information is available at www.idg.com.


News Media Contact: Kevin C. Kaufman, Drexel University News Bureau Director
215/895-2705 (office), 267/228-5599 (cell) or kauf@drexel.edu