Office of the Vice President for Global Communications

Thursday, August 11, 2011

President Coleman named chair of Internet2 board of trustees

Internet2 announced today that President Mary Sue Coleman was elected chair of the group's board of trustees and will serve until July 2012. The member-focused board provides strategic direction, leadership and oversight for the organization and greater community.

Indiana University President Michael McRobbie was elected vice chair, and will serve in that role until July 2012, at which point he will become chair until July 2015.


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Internet2 is an advanced networking consortium led by the research and education community. The partnership spans U.S. and international institutions that are leaders in the worlds of research, academia, industry and government. Internet2 is developing breakthrough cyberinfrastructure technologies that support exacting applications of today — and spark essential innovations of tomorrow.

Activating the same partnerships that produced today’s Internet, the Internet2 community is forging the Internet of the future.

Coleman has served as a member of the Internet2 Board of Trustees since 2003. In 2008, as chair of the Internet2 Board Membership Committee, she led an effort that resulted in the first significant change to Internet2’s membership structure. U-M was an instrumental founding member of Internet2 when it was established in 1997.

She has led groundbreaking partnerships and served in many leadership positions throughout higher education. She is one of three co-chairs appointed by U.S. Secretary of Commerce Gary Locke to lead the National Advisory Council on Innovation and Entrepreneurship and recently joined President Obama’s Advanced Manufacturing Partnership.

McRobbie has been Indiana University's president since 2007, after joining the university as vice president for information technology in 1997. He championed Indiana’s role as a founding member of Internet2, and was an active member of the Internet2 Network Planning and Policy Advisory Council from 2000-05.

“It is an honor to welcome President Coleman and President McRobbie to these leadership positions on the Internet2 Board of Trustees. I am excited to work with both of these distinguished leaders whose previous contributions to the development of Internet2 were instrumental to its founding and success as the nation’s premiere university-driven and university-governed Research and Education Network. I am confident that their work in these new roles — and in these new times — will bring completely new dimensions of value and success to our community,” says Internet2 President and CEO Dave Lambert.