Curriculum Vitae

Personal Data

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Drexel University
3141 Chestnut Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104
Telephone: (215) 895-1434
FAX: (215) 895-6777
Email: JBielec@drexel.edu
Internet: www.pages.drexel.edu/~jbielec

Education

B.A.

University of Maryland University College

Government and Politics

M.A.

University of Maryland College Park

Public Administration

Ph.D.

University of Maryland College Park

Public Policy

Extensive continuing education in information systems management, data communications, and telecommunications technology, as well as university administration

National/International Recognition

Fulbright Fellow

Selected as one of the first University Administrator Fulbright Fellows. The Fellowship focused on a comparative analysis of planning strategies for prioritizing University resource allocations between the United States and the United Kingdom. The activity was hosted by the University of Warwick and involved extensive consultation with British Government Officials, the University Grants Committee, and University Personnel.

Neal O. Hines Publications Award

Presented for outstanding contributions to the publications program of the National Association of College and University Business Officers. One award is presented yearly at the NACUBO National Conference to the Business Officer who has been judged by his peers as making outstanding contributions to NACUBO, particularly in the publications program.

Phi Kappa Phi Faculty Mentor Award

Presented for excellence in teaching, and service to students in the University of Maryland's Graduate Program, as well as commitment to the goals and mission of the University.

Editorial Board, "Perspectives"

"Perspectives" is the leading United Kingdom professional journal devoted to issues of Higher Education Administration. The Journal which is affiliated with the Association for University Administrators (AUA) has world wide distribution and readership. I am honored to serve as the only Editorial Board member from North America during the Journal's founding year.

United States liaison to EUNIS

Serve as the US liaison to EUNIS (European University Information Systems Organization). EUNIS is similar to the combined Educom/CAUSE organization in the United States. The objective of EUNIS is to contribute to the development of high quality information systems in higher education in Europe via the exchange of information among members. Each European country is allowed a maximum of two members to the organizations Executive Committee (normally appointed from the country's national Information Technology association). Membership currently includes the Czech Republic, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Georgia, Ireland, Lithuania, Moldova, Netherlands, Poland, Russia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, and the United Kingdom.

Principal Investigator, vBNS

vBNS is the United States High Performance Computing Network sponsored by the National Science Foundation for meritorious research applications. The vBNS, often referred to as the Next Generation Internet is limited to research applications requiring access to high performance networks at speeds up to 622 Mbs. Drexel is 1 of only 92 universities in the U. S. which has been granted vBNS status as a result of its research applications and state of the art data network infrastructure. Serve as the University Representative to UCAID (Internet2).

Professional Experience

July 1996 - Present, Vice President for Information Resources and Technology/CIO, Drexel and MCP Hahnemann Universities (November 1998), Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Responsible for providing the leadership, vision and strategic initiatives necessary to create and implement an integrated University-wide information technology strategy at both Drexel and MCP Hahnemann University. Drexel is known for its technology and co-op program while MCP Hahnemann is the largest private medical school in the U.S. and the 4th largest overall. The Vice President is responsible for providing direction to the departments of Instructional Technology Support and Campus Outreach (core academic instructional and research computing), Core Administrative Systems (mission critical management information), Campus Computing Infrastructure (server farm, voice, data, and video) and Clinical Practices IT support. The Vice President works closely with diverse academic and administrative constituencies and advisory groups to build consensus and commitment concerning creating a "cutting edge, risk adverse" information technology vision and strategy. Serves as member of the President's cabinet as well as on a number of key University committees. Some recent accomplishments include restructuring of centrally supported computing services into a network centric model targeted at optimizing services to the end user; initiating a staff professional development program as a critical component of the University's IT strategy; providing the organizational and technical leadership to successfully define administrative user requirements, review vendor products, select and implement a new University client/server Financial, Human Resource, and Student system within budget and record time at both Drexel and MCP Hahnemann; replaced the long standing (since 1984) in-house Drexel computer store (every student is required to own a computer) with a web based provider "choice" program; outsourced on-site maintenance; implemented the nation's first major university 100% high speed wireless campus; developed and implemented an aggressive campus network infrastructure upgrade migrating to gigabit technology (Drexel was recently named the 6th most wired campus in the US); created campus information technology architectural guidelines including a hardware/software standard setting process; implemented central support of University wide site licenses; and created mechanisms to increase cross functional collaboration among Drexel and MCP Hahnemann as well as campus departments in the use of information technology, particularly in support of instruction.

July 1993 - Present, CEO, Institute for International Higher Education Leaders, University of Maryland, College Park, Maryland.

The Institute was established as an annual self supporting summer activity within the University of Maryland Foundation serving an international Higher Education management audience. The Higher Education executive development program includes such topics as US Higher Education Organization and Structure, Strategic Planning, Finance, Information Technology, Facilities, Institutional Advancement, Auxiliary Enterprises, Income Generation, and Business Process Redesign in an Educational Environment. Participants in the program have included higher education administrators from Austria, Australia, Belarus, Barbados, Columbia, Denmark, Egypt, England, Finland, Greece, Hong Kong, India, Israel, Jamaica, Kenya, Malawi, Nigeria, Northern Ireland, Pakistan, P.R. China, Singapore, South Africa and the United Arab Emirates. The Institute's current emphasis is on the provision of in-country executive training programs. I have full leadership responsibility for the successful marketing, staffing, logistics, financing and program content of the Institute.

July 1993 - August 1997, Senior Associate, Kaludis Consulting Group (KCG) Washington, D.C.

Previous employment at both the Johns Hopkins University and the University of Maryland encouraged external consulting activity. In July 1993, I joined Kaludis Consulting Group (KCG) as a Senior Associate. KCG is a comprehensive firm composed of former higher education executives, administrators and technical specialists with a 20 year history of serving higher education. Primary consulting emphasis has been in the area of University Administration and Strategic Planning including Income Generation; Structure and Organization; Information Technology Management; Management Information Systems Analysis and Development; Business Process Re-engineering; and Telecommunications and Data System Planning, Procurement, and Management. Projects at KCG and elsewhere have ranged in scope from reviewing Computer Center organization and management at the University of Simon Bolivar in Caracas, Venezuela; considering the feasibility of implementation of Computer Managed instruction through a unified curriculum for the Country of Jamaica; evaluating the Security and Plant Maintenance and Operation Programs of a major private University; preparing an implementation strategy for an Alumni and Development System at a major midwestern University; reviewing Telecommunications plans and Administrative Computing in a southern public University; reviewing the organization and delivery of Academic and Administrative Computing services in a large Atlantic Coast public University; reinventing the Computer Services Organization and re-engineering mission critical business processes in a private research institution; assessing the Information Technology direction of a Canadian University, a large middle east University, a number of pacific rim Universities, a number of United Kingdom Universities to serving as the Interim Chief Information Officer at a number of Colleges and Universities. For additinal information see consultant experiences.

August 1978 - July 1993, Assistant Vice President for Administration, University of Maryland, College Park, Maryland.

The Assistant Vice President for Administration position was a newly created position and assigned line responsibility and supervision of the Data Research Center (Institutional Studies), Procurement and Supply Department (Purchasing, General Stores, Distribution, Surplus Property and Vending), Personnel Department (including TERP Services), Facilities Planning (including Capital Budget Development), Environmental Safety (including Fire, Laboratory, OSHA, Risk Management, Radiation Safety and Hazardous Waste), Parking and Police (including Loss Prevention). The position required administrative planning and management of applicable units through supervision of Department Heads, coordination of interdepartmental activities through daily contact and review of on-going projects; active participation in the principal campus policy-making committees (Budget Committee, Capital Improvements Committee, President's Advisory Committee on Computing, and so forth), as well as numerous other University Committees including the Carnegie Task Force on the Future Direction of the University; liaison with State Executive Offices, legislative committees and personnel, and coordinating agencies; and providing staff support to the Vice President and President's Offices. With a change in campus administration in 1983, the Assistant Vice President for Administration's responsibilities were realigned in order to address major emerging technological challenges on the campus and within the University. Line responsibilities included the addition of Chief Information Officer (CIO) functions including the Administrative Computing Center and the Department of Communication Services, (Telecommunications, Mail, Printing, Photo Services, Reprographic Services, and Office Automation), along with the Personnel Department, Police, Environmental Safety, and Motor Transportation Facility. Accomplishments are too numerous to mention, ranging from developing and implementing a planning and budgeting strategy for successful resource reallocation; streamlining the personnel applicant recruitment and flow process; developing an employee supplemental long term disability and life insurance program; decentralizing the procurement process for the majority of departmental purchases; developing a program to minimize hazardous waste; creating a university facility master plan; providing the leadership for cross functional integration of campus security and safety activities including parking and resident life; restructuring administrative self support units into a single business enterprise; providing the leadership to successfully organize, plan, install and manage the University's own telecommunications system consisting of a complete infrastructure including voice switch, fiber to the outlet data network, and service to 19,500 users including voice mail to 7,500 students; developing and implementing a five year administrative computing hardware, software, and networking migration plan to both update and provide on-line services for all of the University's mission critical systems, such as finance, human resources, and student information; to developing and implementing an administrative department assessment process as part of the University's continuous improvement program. The University of Maryland is a major comprehensive research institution, and College Park is the nation's third largest campus with a student body of approximately 38,000, and faculty, staff, and part-time personnel numbering more than 10,000.

May 1977 - August 1978, Vice Chancellor for Administrative Affairs (Interim), University of Maryland, College Park, Maryland.

The Vice Chancellor for Administrative Affairs, one of three Vice Chancellors, was a senior campus officer reporting directly to the Chancellor with overall responsibility for the Administrative Computing and Data Research Centers, Division of Business Services (cashiering and collections), University Press, Apartments, Motor Pool, Bookstore, Procurement and Supply, Personnel, Comptroller, Budget Office, Office of Sponsored Programs, Facilities Planning, Dining Services, Motor Vehicle Administration, Environmental Safety, Physical Plant, Architectural and Engineering Services, and Police Department. The Vice Chancellor for Administrative Affairs was both the Chief Fiscal and Administrative Officer of the College Park campus. The Administrative Affairs Division of the University of Maryland employed over 1,600 full time persons.

Other Employment

Assistant to the Vice Chancellor for Administrative Affairs, University of Maryland, College Park, Maryland.

This was a complex professional administrative position at the senior level of University Administration. The Administrative Affairs Division consisted of eighteen major units reporting to the Vice Chancellor's Office. The position required a combination of direct supervision of Department Heads and Unit Directors, coordination of interdepartmental activities through daily contact and review of on-going projects and staff support of the principal policy-making Committees of the University. This position provided staff support to the Vice Chancellor and Chancellor's Offices including policy analyses and recommendations, specifically concerning budget development and strategic planning. This position included full responsibility for staffing the campus budget and resource planning process.

Director of Operations, Computer Science Center, University of Maryland, College Park, Maryland.

Duties included the installation of a large scale multi-processor computer system with extensive communications capability. The Computer Science Center was one of the largest university service oriented computer communications facilities in the world. The Director of Operations position was charged with the responsibility for the management of this facility.

Operations Manager, Homewood Computing Center, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, Maryland.

Duties included the installation of a large scale IBM system at the Center as well as the implementation of the Center's operating system. Duties also included implementation of such administrative systems as project account assignments; accounting, billing, and reporting, job submission, backup, and inventory control. Also charged with the hiring and training of personnel as well as the establishment and carrying out of Center policies and procedures.

Special Qualifications and Skills

Lecturer and Adjunct Professor

Actively involved as an Adjunct Professor and Lecturer in the areas of Managing Information Technology as well as University Administration and Planning teaching courses at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. Organizations for which retained in a professorial capacity include the University of Maryland University College, Bowie State University, Prince George's Community College, and the American University. Active in the computer literacy area, both developing and conducting the first Computer Literacy Seminar for The Smithsonian Resident Associate Program. Participant in the annual British Council seminar in Britain program, lecturing on University strategies for income generation and information technology at the University of Bath.

Senior Research Fellow: International Centre for Higher Education Management (ICHEM)

The ICHEM was established at the University of Bath in the United Kingdom in 1994 to provide an arena for research, consultancy, development, liaison and a practical advisory service for the benefit of effective management in higher education institutions in the United Kingdom and particularly developing countries. I am pleased to be the only non-UK appointee to the Centre serving in the post of Senior Research Fellow.

Public Service

1983 - 1996 Chair, Prince George's County Personnel Board

Prince George's County is a large urban county of over 750,000 persons and adjacent to Washington, D.C. The County government employs over 5,000 employees. The Personnel Board is the Civil Service Oversight Board for the County and is responsible for a number of functions including recommending to the County Council personnel rules and regulations; hearing employee appeals and issuing orders; and advising and consulting with County officials on matters concerning the administration of the personnel system. The Chairman is appointed by the County Executive with concurrence by the County Council.

Professional Associations and Honoraria/Community Service

Professional Association memberships have included the University Corporation for Advanced Internet Development - Internet 2 (UCAID), EDUCAUSE, Association for Computing Machinery (ACM), the American Political Science Association (APSA), the American Society for Public Administration (ASPA), the National Association of College and University Business Officers (NACUBO), the College and University Personnel Association (CUPA), the American Association for School Administrators (AASA), the National Association of Civil Service Commissioners, the International Personnel Management Association (IPMA), EDUCOM, and CAUSE. Elected into Pi Sigma Alpha, the Political Science Honorary. Elected President of the University of Maryland Chapter of the Association for Computing Machinery. Vice President of the University of Maryland, University College Alumni Association. Member of the Southern Association of College and University Business Officers Scholarship Committee and Membership Committee. Member Fulbright Alumni Association. Member of the National Association of College and University Business Officers Editorial Board. Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission Certificate of Outstanding Support. Member of the Selection Committee for Fulbright Fellowships under the United Kingdom-United States Academic Administrators Program conducted by the Council for International Exchange of Scholars. Recipient of two Awards under the NACUBO-United States Steel Foundation Cost Reduction Incentive Program. Participation in Middle States and Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Accreditation visitations and reviews. Member EDUCOM National Program Committee, and CAUSE National Program Committee on numerous occasions. Member Baltimore Computer Conference and Exposition Advisory Council. Serve on the National Science Foundations, High Performance Computing Advisory Panel. Extensive international experience including business visits to South America, Europe, the Middle East, Africa, and Asia. Chair of the United States Organizing Committee for the Sixth International Conference of University Administrators. Member International Conference of University Administrators Advisory Council providing advice in the planning and programming of a number of international programs including major meetings in the Netherlands, Singapore, Prague, Capetown, New Zealand and Edinburgh. Extensive international contacts particularly in the United Kingdom, Finland, Netherlands, China, Singapore, and Egypt.

Principal Campus and University Committee Assignments

(partial listing)

For additional information see frequent speaker Information.