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Internet2 Names James Werle as Executive Director of U.S. UCAN Program

Posted on Feb 08, 2018 by Sara Aly
Tags: Frontpage News, K20 Education, K20 Initiative, Recent Posts, U.S. UCAN

WASHINGTON, D.C., February 8, 2018—Internet2 today announced James Werle as executive director of the United States Unified Community Anchor Network (U.S. UCAN) program. He will report to vice president for external relations and general counsel, John S. Morabito.    

In this role, Werle will work with our regional networking partners, community anchor institutions, and Internet2 membership organizations to support mutually beneficial goals of bringing advanced networking, trust and identity services, and advanced applications to learning communities nationwide.

James will oversee Internet2's National K20 initiative, now part of the U.S. UCAN program, and explore new ways to leverage Internet2’s national research and education network for the benefit of universities, community colleges, K-12 schools, public libraries, museums, and other community institutions with public missions.

“James’ proven ability to bring together innovative individuals and organizations toward a common goal will greatly benefit the U.S. UCAN program,” said John S. Morabito. “In collaboration with our regional networking partners, his leadership will help advance efforts to expand advanced networking, trust and identity services, and educational content and applications across the broader research and education ecosystem.”

In 2000, Werle joined the Internet2 community as a graduate student working alongside the Internet2 K20 Initiative’s founding directors. After graduate school, Werle joined the University of Washington’s Office of Educational Partnerships and Learning Technologies where he contributed to numerous successful efforts aimed at broadening access to university research and education expertise and creating new opportunities for community-based research and learning. For the past 7 years he has served as director of the Internet2 K20 Initiative, helping to launch the U.S. UCAN program.

Most recently, Werle helped develop the Toward Gigabit Libraries project. Funded by the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), the project engages rural, remote public, and tribal libraries across the nation to improve their community broadband services and become stronger advocates for their libraries' broadband infrastructure needs. He is currently leading the efforts to roll this successful program out to library communities nationwide. 

Werle holds a bachelor’s degree in secondary science education from Western Washington University and a master’s degree in library and information science from the Information School at the University of Washington.

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About Internet2

Internet2® is a non-profit, member-driven advanced technology community founded by the nation’s leading higher education institutions in 1996. Internet2 serves 327 U.S. universities, 60 government agencies, 43 regional and state education networks and through them supports more than 94,000 community anchor institutions, over 900 InCommon participants, and 72 leading corporations working with our community, and 61 national research and education network partners that represent more than 100 countries.

Internet2 delivers a diverse portfolio of technology solutions that leverages, integrates, and amplifies the strengths of its members and helps support their educational, research and community service missions. Internet2’s core infrastructure components include the nation’s largest and fastest research and education network that was built to deliver advanced, customized services that are accessed and secured by the community-developed trust and identity framework.

Internet2 offices are located in Ann Arbor, Mich.; Denver, Colo.; Washington, D.C.; and West Hartford, Conn. For more information, visit www.internet2.edu or follow @Internet2 on Twitter.

Media Contact: Sara Aly