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Community Announcement from David Leebron (Board Chair) and Patrick Gallagher (Board Vice-Chair) of the Internet2 Board of Trustees concerning an organizational leadership transition

Posted on Oct 05, 2016 by Glenn Lipscomb
Tags: Executive Insights, Frontpage News, Leadership

H. David Lamber, President and CEO of Internet2 After over six years leading the Internet2 organization and working with numerous research and education (R&E) community members – both nationally and globally, Dave Lambert has informed the board of his intention to step down from the position of President and Chief Executive Officer and retire from full-time professional activities effective June 30, 2017. 

Dave came to Internet2 after more than 25 years in technology leadership, including as Vice President and Chief Information Officer at Cornell University and Georgetown University. Dave's leadership has been instrumental in furthering the needs for the Internet2 member base and the broader research and education community. Upon joining Internet2, he quickly established a solid financial foundation and growth plan and worked to implement community governance and processes that were inclusive of community needs and input.  He led the implementation of the federal stimulus funding grant from the Broadband Technology Opportunities Program (BTOP), resulting in the world’s most advanced R&E network infrastructure. Through these efforts, Internet2’s bandwidth and footprint were dramatically increased, positioning Internet2 to work with a larger eco-system of organizations and provide a broader array of advanced services.

Dave has also served as an active leader in efforts to increase collaboration among other global national research and education networks. More recently, he established a trust and identity framework and vision to continue the work and growth of InCommon and to set the stage for the Trust and Identity in Education and Research (TIER) program. We are extremely thankful to Dave for his many efforts and for the transformational changes he brought to Internet2 and the R&E community.

As a board, we now turn towards the task of identifying a new President and CEO for Internet2 and ensuring a smooth transition.

We must continue the important work that has been set in motion to deliver the mission-critical services Internet2 members have come to expect. Those include providing a secure national network that is internationally linked and built to deliver advanced customized services that are accessed and secured by the community developed trust and identity framework. During this transition period, Dave and the Internet2 staff and leadership team will continue to move forward on the 2017 priority initiatives, with the highest priority focus on advanced networking and trust and identity services.

To support the search process and set the stage for the next leader for Internet2, we will be working closely with the entire Board of Trustees and plan to engage the community in conversations on the strategic direction of Internet2. These discussions will inform our search process and lay the groundwork for the new leader of Internet2 to develop a strategic framework in partnership with the membership community. We will communicate with you about that process in the near future.

On behalf of the Internet2 Board of Trustees, we thank Dave for his leadership and vital contributions.  We look forward to working with the Internet2 community to identify new leadership and a strategic vision for our future.

Warm Regards,

David Leebron,
President, Rice University and Internet2 Board Chair

Patrick Gallagher
Chancellor, University of Pittsburgh and Internet2 Board Vice-Chair