December 18, 2020
VINCENNES, Ind. – The Covid-19 pandemic has highlighted the
importance of information technology. Vincennes University President
Dr. Chuck Johnson is proud to announce Bob Wisler has been chosen to
oversee all aspects of VU’s information technology as the Chief
Information Officer and Director of the Management Information Center.
“VU is fortunate to have a talented team of IT professionals and
Bob’s IT leadership experience will help not only our Management
Information Center, but also our entire university get even stronger,”
Wisler (wIHs-ler) is a native of Anderson, Indiana, and was selected
from a strong candidate pool.
He carries an impressive resume with multiple IT leadership roles and
extensive higher education expertise. He has more than 20 years of
experience as a CIO at three higher education institutions.
Before he was the principal consultant of Wisler & Associates,
LLC, Wisler was the director of information technology at Northwood
University in Midland, Michigan. At Northwood, he led efforts in
digitization and enhancing operational excellence. He oversaw all
aspects of IT, including systems familiar to VU, such as Blackboard
and Banner. He also served as an IT director at Randolph College in
Lynchburg, Virginia and Polk Community College in Winter Haven, Florida.
Wisler sees the role of IT as a mixture of service and strategy and
providing both equally in order to advance higher education through
the use of information technology.
“Everything we do has to be student-focused, and we can use
technology to help transform the University,” he said. “My tagline is,
“It is not about the technology, it’s about the people that the
“If everybody keeps that in mind, we’ll be able to make sure we are
taking care of students, faculty, and staff. One of the main things we
do is make sure faculty has the right tools to help students be successful.”
Virtual learning and online experiences, and the technology
associated with them are crucial to higher education institutions in
the midst of this global pandemic. IT has proven essential to VU both
operationally and as an important strategic partner for achieving VU's mission.
Wisler has his finger on the pulse. He is very engaged within IT
circles, including regional associations with Ellucian. He has also
served as a panelist and contributor for IT research and thought
leadership organizations, including Gartner and Educause.
“It’s always been my goal to help everyone on my team to find out
what they want to do in their careers and help them achieve their
goals," Wisler said. "Those are the types of teams I like to
build, and that’s been really successful with the teams that I’ve had.”
He earned a Master of Business Administration from Northwood
University and a Bachelor of Science in Management Information Systems
from the University of South Florida. He initially studied marketing
in college before developing a strong interest in information technology.
Wisler’s appointment is effective Jan. 11, 2021. The position will
report directly to the President.
“I’ll be doing a lot of listening when I get there, so I can learn
what is working and what we can do to make a larger impact,” Wisler said.
He is pleased about returning to his home state of Indiana.
“It’s a nice homecoming,’” Wisler said. “My parents and family still
live in Anderson, so I’ll be closer to them. It’s nice to be able to
come back and serve.”