Indiana University President Elected to Internet2 Board

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Bloomington, Ind. — March 23
Indiana University president, Michael A. McRobbie, has been elected to the Board of Trustees of Internet2, a networking consortium.

McRobbie, who came to IU in 1997 as vice president for information technology and chief information officer, joins a group of leaders from academia, research and industry charged with providing strategic guidance, directing the setting of priorities and ensuring that Internet2 meets the needs of the research and education community.

“Building on his leadership at Indiana University, President McRobbie is in a unique position to help guide Internet2 into the next generation,” said Jeffrey Lehman, Internet2 Board of Trustees chairman. “His experience, knowledge of information technology and strong commitment to the advancement of the research and academic community make him especially well-qualified to help us move forward in the development of next-generation Internet technologies.”

Led by the research and education community since 1996, Internet2 aims to promote the missions of its members by providing network capabilities and partnership opportunities that together facilitate the development, deployment and use of revolutionary Internet technologies. Internet2’s network currently connects more than 50,000 research and education institutions in the U.S.

“It is an honor to be able to serve again and contribute to the growth and development of advanced computer networking, which has proved to be an essential element to many of the leading research enterprises all around the globe,” McRobbie said. “I am especially pleased that Indiana University will continue to play a key role in the operation and management of the Internet2 network.”

Since coming to Indiana University, McRobbie has led a transformation in information technology that has included the creation of University Information Technology Services to support the academic and administrative work, and directing development of I-Light, an integrated, high-speed optical fiber network that links IU Bloomington, Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis and Purdue University.

He founded IU’s Pervasive Technology Laboratories, funded in 1999 by a $30 million grant from the Lilly Endowment, and helped the university reach a deal with IBM to acquire one of the world’s 20 most powerful supercomputers.

In addition to McRobbie’s election, two other representatives from IU will sit on Internet2 advisory councils, including David E. Jent, IU associate vice president for networks, who was reelected to the Architecture and Operations Advisory Council. Joining Jent will be first-time advisory council member, Jim Williams, director of International Networking and Global Research Network Operations Center Service Desk at IU. Williams was elected to the External Relations Advisory Council.

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