Former CIO and Executive Director of Academic Technology, Library and Online Learning for Bentley University

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Dr. Phillip Knutel, former Chief Information Officer (CIO) at Bentley University, has been named Vice President and Chief Information Officer of Babson College. 

As Vice President and CIO, he will apply his experience in employing a wide range of academic and administrative technology solutions to lead the planning, administration and oversight of all of Babson’s information systems, telecommunications, the library, IT security, and online learning project development and execution. He will also be working to create and implement a long-term strategy to align the College’s IT priorities with its mission and curriculum.

At Bentley, Dr. Knutel strove to constantly improve academic technology and library services by using creative, innovative approaches that leveraged nascent technologies and helped faculty integrate technology resources to improve student learning as well as assist students and faculty in conducting research effectively.

He also oversaw the renovation that transformed the campus library, underscoring the importance of a library as a place for collaboration and quiet contemplation in addition to extensive online research resources.

Dr. Knutel was responsible for the design and delivery of high quality blended and hybrid online courses in which enrollments exceeded 20,000 since 2000. He also served as a faculty member in Bentley’s Information Design and Corporate Communication Department. 

He holds a BS magna cum laude from Vanderbilt University (where he also served as president of his college student association), an EdM from Harvard University, and PhD in higher education administration from the University of Michigan.

“Phil’s leadership and proficiency in introducing innovative technologies within higher education make him the perfect fit to implement these transformational programs at Babson,” said Babson President Kerry Healey.

About Babson College

Babson College is the educator, convener, and thought leader for Entrepreneurship of All Kinds​​​​​​​​​​​®​. The College is a dynamic living and learning laboratory, where students, faculty, and staff work together to address the real-world problems of business and society—while at the same time evolving our methods and advancing our programs. We shape the leaders our world needs most: those with strong functional knowledge and the skills and vision to navigate change, accommodate ambiguity, surmount complexity, and motivate teams in a common purpose to create economic and social value. As we have for nearly a half-century, Babson continues to advance Entrepreneurial Thought and Action® as the most positive force on the planet for generating sustainable economic and social value.​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​

By Barbara Spies Blair,, 781-239-4621 | 03/02/2015 03:25