John Whelan

Vice President for Human Resources

Department: Office of the Vice President for Human Resources
Office: Poplars 150
Phone: 812-855-2239

John Whelan


As Vice President for Human Resources, John Whelan is the university’s chief human resources officer and oversees Indiana University’s human resources strategy. In his role at IU, Whelan has overseen efforts to reorganize human resources across all of IU's campuses, operating as a single office with uniform policies. He has also guided the development and implementation of HR2020, IU's first-ever human resources strategic plan.

Whelan’s career in human resources spans 25 years. Whelan, a native of Boston, joined IU in 2014 after having previously been the chief human resources officer at Baylor University. He has also served as Director of Human Resources Business Partners at the University of Notre Dame and in human resources positions at Bristol-Myers Squibb, Gillette, and the investment bank of Brown Brothers Harriman.

Whelan is also a long-time CUPA-HR member, serving in various roles, including Chair of the CUPA-HR Board of Directors, three years as an at-large member on the board, and has served in leadership roles on the Budget and Finance Committee, the Public Policy Committee, the Learning and Professional Development Committee, and the Research Advisory Committee. He has also participated in numerous CUPA-HR conferences and symposiums. 

Whelan earned his bachelor’s and law degrees from the University of Notre Dame.