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Don Welch Featured Leader and Innovator

Don Welch, president and CEO for Merit Network, Inc., has been featured in the “Leaders and Innovators” section of the Great Lakes Innovation and Technology Report (GLITR).
Merit Network President and CEO Don Welch
Each week in the Tuesday edition of GLITR, Lawrence Technological University highlights a person “who, through technology or innovative management methods, is changing or improving their company, profession, or industry or the community for the better.”

“We are pleased that GLITR/Lawrence Technological University selected Don as one of their Leaders and Innovators. Don’s leadership has transformed not only our organization, but our community as well,” says Elwood Downing, Merit’s VP of member relations, communications and professional learning.

Don joined Merit in 2006 and has led Merit’s mission to provide innovative network-based services to its Members. He has been instrumental in growing the Merit community and working with other IT leaders through the Michigan Information Technology Executive Forum. Welch and Merit’s staff have also worked diligently in pursuit of funding for better broadband in Michigan, including the recent REACH-3MC network project, which received funding through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) of 2009.