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David Gift

David Gift

Associate Vice President, Community Engagement
phone: +1 (734) 352-4970

David Gift is Associate Vice President for Community Engagement at Internet2. Joining Internet2 in early 2014, he helps an engaged community of member universities, colleges and related research and education institutions develop and spread innovations that advance the mission of higher education and research.

Dave is Vice Provost Emeritus for Libraries and IT Services, and CIO, and adjunct assistant professor of radiology, at Michigan State University. His portfolio in this role included libraries, archives, IT services for academic and administrative support, and public broadcasting services. After retiring from MSU and just prior to joining Internet2, Dave served as Vice President for Strategic Initiatives at Merit Network, Inc., Michigan’s advanced research and education network, and the oldest such network in the United States.

Dave served on the board of directors of the Council on Library and Information Resources (Washington, D.C.; 2008-2017; chair of the board 2014-2016), where he now holds an appointment as Distinguished Presidential Fellow for Commonwealth Practice and Investment, and also advises CLIR's post-doctoral fellowship programs. He serves as president of the board of directors of Peckham Vocational Industries (Lansing, MI). Dave holds degrees in physics (B.S.) and computer science (M.S.) from Michigan State University, and is an Alfred P. Sloan Fellow (S.M.) of the MIT Sloan School of Management.

He served MSU previously as assistant vice president for integrative management, assistant chairperson of radiology, interim director of strategy and implementation for MSU’s Faculty Group Practice, and management consultant to the president, provost, vice president for finance and operations, and deans. At MSU Dave facilitated curriculum development through regional professional focus groups for the College of Law; taught and contributed to curriculum development in the Colleges of Human Medicine, Osteopathic Medicine, Eli Broad Graduate School of Management, and the University Graduate School; led and assisted a variety of organizational and administrative capacity-building and efficiency projects. He has served as a founder and member of the Board of Directors of four University joint venture corporations: Mid-Michigan MRI, University Rehabilitation Alliance, Radiation Oncology Alliance, and Great Lakes Cancer Institute. Dave also helped to start and served as a member of the executive committee of the Great Lakes Health Information Exchange.

In his CIO role at MSU he was a member and past chair of the board of directors of Merit Network. He has been a member of the executive council of the National Consortium for Continuous Improvement in Higher Education, and a consultant to a wide array of private and public entities, including the General Electric Company; Commonwealth Government of Australia; governmental agencies of the United States, Michigan and Hawaii; Society of Nuclear Medicine; and hospitals in several states and Canada.