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Welcome New Internet2 Board of Trustees

Aug 28, 2013, by Todd Sedmak
Tags: Board of Trustees, Governance, Leadership

Four new members of the Board of Trustees were elected this spring and summer

Michael Drake, Chancellor, University of California, Irvine

Michael V. Drake, M.D., was appointed the fifth chancellor of the University of California, Irvine in July 2005. Since his appointment, Chancellor Drake has led the launch of new programs in public health, pharmaceutical sciences, and nursing science, which are already providing highly trained healthcare professionals to meet the critical needs of the community. Additionally, he oversaw the creation of the first new public law school in California in more than 40 years; it held its first graduation in May 2012. The UC Irvine School of Education was established in July 2012. Under his leadership, the campus has added more than 5 million square feet of new space, including the 500,000-square-foot UC Irvine Douglas Hospital and the 275,000-square-foot Student Center, both delivered on time and under budget. An increasingly popular choice for students, the campus received nearly 70,000 undergraduate applications for admission in fall 2012.

Prior to Chancellor Drake’s arrival at UC Irvine, he served for five years as vice president for health affairs for the University of California system, overseeing academic program policy at UC’s 15 health sciences schools, located on seven campuses. He directed the special research programs in tobacco, breast cancer, and HIV/AIDS; co-chaired the California/Mexico Health Initiative; launched the PRIME (PRogram In Medical Education) initiative to train physicians to care for underserved populations statewide; and founded the California Health Benefits Review Program. Before that, he spent more than two decades on the faculty of the UC San Francisco School of Medicine, ultimately becoming the Steven P. Shearing Professor of Ophthalmology and senior associate dean. He has served as an administrative leader, physician-scientist, and teacher, conducting clinical research on glaucoma and maintaining an active referral practice. He has written scores of scholarly articles and chapters, and his fifth textbook was published in 2009.

Steve Fleagle, CIO and Associate Vice President,
University of Iowa

Steve Fleagle is the chief information officer and an associate vice president at the University of Iowa. He has held this position since 2005, after serving as the UI’s Director of Telecommunication and Network Services for five years. He also spent ten years as the technical director of the Cardiovascular Image Processing Laboratory, a research laboratory at the university.

Higher education collaborations, particularly focused on networking infrastructure and services, are of chief interest to Steve, and he has spent much of his career founding and leading such ventures. Steve was one of the founders of the BOREAS (Broadband Optical Research, Education and Science) Network, a collaboration between the Universities of Iowa, Minnesota, Wisconsin and Iowa State University, and has been a frequent contributor to the Northern Tier Network Consortium, currently serving as president of that organization. Steve was also a founding member of the Committee on Institutional Cooperation’s (CIC) OmniPoP, a network collaboration that brings together eight of the leading higher education gigapops in the Midwest, and is the CIO lead advisor to the OmniPoP Technical Team. Steve is the immediate past-chair of the CIC CIOs and is also on the steering committee and serves as treasurer of the Common Solutions Group, another consortium working together on common infrastructure and tools for research intensive universities.

Elizabeth Garrett, Provost and Sr. VP Academic Affairs,
University of Southern California

Elizabeth Garrett was appointed provost and senior vice president for academic affairs on October 28, 2010. As the university’s second-ranking officer, she oversees the USC Dana and David Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences as well as the Keck School of Medicine of USC and 17 other professional schools, in addition to the divisions of student affairs, libraries, information technology services, research, student religious life and enrollment services. She also sits on the governing board of the Keck Hospitals of USC.

As provost, Garrett has directed substantial new efforts to hire transformative faculty members, including initiatives to recruit faculty in neuroscience, the humanities, and the social sciences, with the goal of catalyzing targeted fields of scholarship and invigorating USC’s research environment. She has also accelerated the recruitment of Provost Professors and created the Provost’s Postdoctoral Scholars Program in the Humanities. Under Garrett’s guidance, the USC Strategic Vision: Matching Deeds to Ambitions was developed over two years and adopted by the USC Board of Trustees in December 2011. She has been instrumental in the integration of the new Keck Hospitals of USC and the faculty practice plans into the university, which created an academic medical center on the Health Sciences Campus. Garrett is the Frances R. and John J. Duggan Professor in the USC Gould School of Law. In addition to this primary faculty appointment, she has joint appointments in USC Dornsife College, the Price School of Public Policy, and the Marshall School of Business, as well as a courtesy appointment in the USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism.

Before joining the faculty of USC, she was a professor of law at the University of Chicago, where she also served as deputy dean for academic affairs, and she has been a visiting professor at Harvard Law School, the University of Virginia Law School, Central European University in Budapest, and the Interdisciplinary Center Law School in Israel. Before entering academics, she clerked for Justice Thurgood Marshall on the U.S. Supreme Court, and she served as legal counsel and legislative director for Senator David L. Boren (D-Okla.).

Klara Jelinkova, Associate Vice President and Chief Information Technology Officer,
University of Chicago

As the associate vice president and chief information technology officer (CITO), Klara Jelinkova leads the central IT organization at The University of Chicago. As CITO, she is charged with making sure all IT strategic initiatives align with the University’s mission, culture, and long-term goals. The CITO is responsible for IT-related issues ranging from policy and resource allocation to protocol and organization, and represents the University’s information technology interests regionally and nationally. She works closely with the Provost, deans, and faculty to deliver programs and services that enhance teaching, research, and student activities.

Klara has more than 20 years of IT experience in commercial software development and progressing to IT leadership roles in university administration. Prior to joining the University of Chicago, Klara served as the Assistant Vice President of Shared Services and Infrastructure at Duke University. During her time at Duke, she was responsible for supporting core services used by Duke University’s and Duke Medical administrative and academic departments.

On behalf of the Internet2 community, the Board of Trustees recognizes the contributions of outgoing Board members Tim Lance, president and Board chair, NYSERNet, Charlie McMahon, vice president information technology and CTO, Tulane University, and Jack Suess, vice president information technology and CIO, University of Maryland Baltimore County, for their dedication and service to the mission and principles of Internet2.