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Merit’s Don Welch Named Vice Chair of Internet2 Advisory Council

Ann Arbor, MI – Merit Network President/CEO Don Welch has been named the Vice Chair of Internet2’s External Relations Advisory Council (ERAC), which is responsible for advising Internet2’s Board and management on matters of policy, standards, and strategies in the context of industry, government, and international relations.
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“I am honored by the confidence that the Council has shown in me.” Welch said, “this is a great opportunity to better represent the Merit Community during this exciting time.”

Welch was elected to a three-year term on the Council in March 2010 and has served as a Regional Network Representative.

Internet2 is the foremost U.S. advanced networking consortium. Led by the research and education community since 1996, Internet2 promotes the missions of its members by providing both leading-edge network capabilities and unique partnership opportunities that together facilitate the development, deployment and use of revolutionary Internet technologies.

“We are grateful to Don, for his willingness to take on this role during this time of rapid change in our environment,” stated Dr. Timothy Lance, Chairperson of ERAC.

About Merit Network

Merit Network Inc., is a nonprofit corporation owned and governed by Michigan’s public universities. Merit owns and operates America’s longest-running regional research and education network. In 1966, Michigan’s public universities created Merit as a shared resource to help meet their common need for networking assistance. Since its formation, Merit Network has remained at the forefront of research and education networking expertise and services. Merit provides high-performance networking and IT solutions to Michigan’s public universities, colleges, K-12 organizations, libraries, state government, healthcare, and other non-profit organizations.

For more information: www.merit.edu

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