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CENIC's Louis Fox Receives Internet2 Richard Rose Award for 30 years of Exemplary Contributions to the K-20 Education Community

Posted on Apr 23, 2013 by Iljun Kim
Tags: CAP, Initiative, K20 Initiative, Leadership, Vision & Initiatives

Arlington, VA – April 23, 2013 – Internet2 announced today at the Internet2 Annual Meeting that Louis Fox, president and chief executive officer at CENIC, has been honored with this year's Richard Rose Award which recognizes extraordinary individual contributions to extending advanced networking to the broader education community.

"Louis has committed his career to ensuring all learning communities, particularly those in underserved and isolated areas, benefit equally from access to advanced broadband enabled technology," said H. David Lambert, Internet2 president and chief executive officer. "His work clearly illustrates how the value of research and education networks increase the more broadly inclusive they become."

Prior to joining CENIC in February 2012, Fox spent 25 years spearheading efforts to bring advanced network-enabled technology into the service of teaching and learning, across the education continuum, as a faculty member, researcher, and senior administrator at the University of Washington. As Vice Provost for University-Community Partnerships, Fox conceived of and led a diverse range of initiatives that have helped transform how the University of Washington contributes to the education and welfare of people locally, regionally, and around the world.

"Louis is one of the most committed, most passionate, most visionary, most humane, most thoughtful, and most effective leaders that I have encountered in my 35 years at the University of Washington," said Ed Lazowska, Bill & Melinda Gates Chair, Paul G. Allen Center for Computer Science & Engineering at the University of Washington. "His particular flair involves building coalitions of outstanding individuals and groups to accomplish extraordinary things that others said couldn’t be done. I sometimes think all of this is a carryover from his Peace Corps days – he exudes 'ignore the bureaucracy; get the food to the people' from every pore."

"Although my personal experience is limited to Washington's Yakima Valley, I have heard from others about Louis’ efforts in other isolated communities where he has brought the resources of the University of Washington to serve those for whom higher education is only a distant dream. Most frequently mentioned are his sensitivity to the special concerns of people in these isolated areas, and his consistent attitude of respect which honors people who often feel left out of the mainstream," said Kathleen Ross, past president of Heritage University. Heritage is a liberal arts institution serving multicultural populations where Fox helped to build and establish UW@Heritage, a community learning center, with one of several statewide high-tech labs directly connected to the University of Washington.

Beginning in 2001, Louis served for a decade as the founding director of Internet2's national K20 Initiative, which brings together over 66,000 K-12 schools, libraries, museums, community colleges, and baccalaureate institutions via state and regional R&E networks and the Internet2 network.

"One of Louis's gifts is his ability to find points of intersection within complex coalitions and shape and reshape a course of action that engages the broadest set of interests, and fulfills the aspirations of those involved," said Randy Stout, past K20 Advisory Committee Chair and 2011 Richard Rose Awardee, "Louis's leadership resonates to this day across the Internet2 K20 community he worked tirelessly to create."

At the request of former Washington Governor Gary Locke, Louis developed and led the Digital Learning Commons (DLC), as founding president and chief executive officer, from its inception in 2003 until 2005. The DLC was created to improve access to online educational opportunities and learning resources to all students in Washington State.

Louis contributed significantly to the creation of the Washington K-20 Educational Telecommunications Network, which now serves nearly all of the K-12 school districts, public library systems, state-funded community and technical colleges, and baccalaureate institutions in the state, by helping frame the effort as an educational project designed to address significant needs across multiple K-20 constituencies, not simply as a technology implementation project.

As president and chief executive officer of CENIC, Fox is currently working with the California Library Association, California State Library, and other library stakeholders to amend the California Library Services Act to enable public libraries to more fully participate in the services CENIC delivers.

"This would not be happening if Louis Fox had not reignited the issue and brought us all together. He arrived at the right time and with the right experience. Adding public libraries to the CENIC network will help us share resources that would not be possible without a robust broadband infrastructure," said Linda Crowe, executive director, Peninsula Library System.

The annual Richard Rose Award, established in 2009, honors Richard who played an early and influential leadership role in the K20 Initiative which focuses on extending advanced networking and applications from research universities to the broadest education community, including primary and secondary schools, community colleges, libraries, museums, zoos, aquariums, and performing arts and cultural centers, America's "anchor institutions". Mr. Rose was the executive director of the University of Maryland Academic Telecommunications System (UMATS) and USM Office IT, when he passed away in January 2007.

For more information about the Richard Rose Award visit

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