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Internet2 Names Former Colorado School of Mines CIO Mike Erickson, Associate Vice President, Community Engagement

Jan 30, 2020, by Ana Hunsinger
Tags: Community Engagement, Frontpage News, Internet2 Member, Internet2 Network, News, Recent Posts

It’s an exciting time at Internet2 and our community – and we wanted to share the news that Mike Erickson has now joined the Internet2 team and our Community Engagement efforts in support of our community. Mike will help lead the development and ongoing implementation of all community engagement efforts for Internet2 and will be responsible for sustaining and enriching membership and community participation in alignment with Internet2’s strategic direction. As many of you know, Dave Gift has moved to a part time consulting role with Internet2 and after a long search, I am delighted that Mike has agreed to join my team and Internet2!   

Mike’s professional experiences and previous roles within the higher education, research, and regional networking communities will undoubtedly positively contribute to Internet2’s work with our numerous constituent communities. Mike was most recently the chief information officer at the Colorado School of Mines. At Mines, he spearheaded the growth of research support across the institution, creating a cyberinfrastructure and advanced research computing support services unit that is now actively engaged in the R&E community. 

Prior to his work at Mines, Mike served as associate vice president and CIO of Emporia State University. While there, he was a member of the board of directors for the Kansas Research and Education Network (KanREN) and served as Chairperson for several years. 

Previous to joining Internet2, Mike had been actively engaged in our efforts as a community leader. He served on Internet2’s InCommon Federation Steering Committee, most recently as vice-chair, and also as a member of the Trust & Identity Program Advisory Group. He also has been active within the EDUCAUSE professional community, volunteering in multiple capacities, including most recently as chair of the program committee for the EDUCAUSE Annual Conference. He is a graduate of the Leading Change Institute in 2013, an immersive leadership program jointly sponsored by EDUCAUSE and the Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR).  

Mike has also been a member of the Colorado Higher Education Computing Organization (CHECO), an active supporter of the Rocky Mountain Advanced Computing Conference (RMACC), and a member of WestNet, a consortium of higher education institutions in Arizona, Colorado, Idaho, New Mexico, Utah, and Wyoming. Last, Mike is a graduate of Wichita State University, with bachelor of science and master of science degrees in Computer Science. 

Mike is based at our Denver office location. Feel free to reach out to him directly at or 720-379-9661.