Monday, September 9, 2013 - 10:44am

University of Iowa Associate Vice President and Chief Information Officer Steve Fleagle has been elected to the Board of Trustees for Internet2, an influential consortium in the technology world.

Internet2 is an international community of leaders in research, academia, industry, and government who create and collaborate via innovative technologies to accelerate research, advance education, and improve delivery of public services. It consists of 220 U.S. universities, 60 leading corporations, 70 government agencies, 38 regional and state education networks, and more than 65 national research and education networking partners from over 100 countries. Internet2 touches nearly every major innovation that defines our modern digital lives, and continues to define "what's next."

“Internet2 is a leading organization in using technology to enable institutions of higher education to perform new research and teach in new ways,” Fleagle said. “We’ve used Internet2 to allow our faculty to teach remotely, to transfer large data sets, and to use real-time collaboration tools with colleagues across the country. I’m honored to serve on the board to ensure that Internet2 continues to enable innovative uses of technology to meet the needs of our faculty, staff, and students.”

Fleagle was one of four new board members elected this spring and summer, and will serve a 3-year term. Initiatives on which Internet2 is currently focusing include leveraging the new network recently deployed as a part of the U.S. UCAN program, developing Net+ services, and expanding national and regional collaboration.

At the UI, Fleagle has held the position of Associate Vice President and CIO since 2005, after serving as Director of Telecommunication and Network Services for five years. For 10 years, he was the technical director of the Cardiovascular Image Processing Laboratory, a research lab on campus.

Higher education collaborations are of chief interest to Fleagle because they foster efficiency and effectiveness. For that reason, he has spent much of his career founding and leading such ventures, particularly collaborations focused on networking infrastructure and services. Fleagle was a founder of the BOREAS (Broadband Optical Research, Education and Science) Network, a collaboration between the Universities of Iowa, Minnesota, Wisconsin, and Iowa State, and has been a frequent contributor to the Northern Tier Network Consortium, currently serving as president.

Fleagle was a founding member of the Committee on Institutional Cooperation's (CIC) OmniPoP, a network collaboration that brings together eight leading higher education gigapops in the Midwest, and is the CIO lead advisor to the OmniPoP Technical Team. He is the immediate past-chair of the CIC CIOs and is on the steering committee and serves as treasurer of the Common Solutions Group, another consortium working on common infrastructure and tools for research-intensive universities.