Brad Wheeler will step down from his administrative roles to return to teaching in the business school, according to an IU announcement. Wheeler has served as Vice President of Information Technology and Chief Information Officer since 2001 and as Vice President of Communications and Marketing since 2018.
Karen Ferguson Fuson will take over the communications and marketing post July 6, if approved by the Board of Trustees.
Ferguson Fuson joined IU in 2018 and will lead IU’s communications efforts. Before coming to IU, she worked in media for more than 25 years, including stints as the publisher of the Indy Star as well as president of Gannett’s West Group.
Rob Lowden will take over as VP of Information Technology and CIO on Aug. 3, if approved by the board.
Before this role, Lowden has filled roles with IU dating back to 1998, most recently as executive associate dean and chief information officer for the IU School of Medicine. He also served in the US Navy.
Wheeler’s salary was $505,471 according to Financial Management Services. But, IU spokesperson Chuck Carney says having two people fill the positions once filled by Wheeler will not cost the university additional money.
“Karen Furguson Fuson is moving into his role and the vice president’s role and will continue to oversee the marketing side of IU Studios. Which she has been doing,” Carney said. “That will actually mean there’s going to be one less position in the hierarchy of communications and marketing. It’s not adding a role.”
In addition to the two vice presidential appointees, Anastasia (Stacy) Morrone was appointed as deputy CIO and will report to Lowden beginning Aug. 3.
Morrone has served since 2007 as associate vice president for learning technologies.