Bill Clebsch elected board chair of networking nonprofit

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BILL CLEBSCH, associate vice president for information technology services at Stanford, has been named chair of the board of the Corporation for Education Network Initiatives in California (CENIC). Clebsch, who succeeded the University of California’s chief information officer, DAVID ERNST, assumed the role Jan. 1.

CENIC is a nonprofit corporation created in 1996 by members of California’s research and education community to obtain cost-effective, high-bandwidth networking to support their missions and to respond to the needs of their faculty, staff and students. Members of CENIC include the California K-12 system and all of the state’s community college, state university and University of California campuses, as well as Stanford, Caltech, the University of Southern California and other private institutions.

At Stanford, Clebsch has university-wide responsibility for data center planning and operations; research computing; network and communication services; infrastructure applications; desktop and mobility support; call center services; and Help Desk support. He came to Stanford in 1986 for the project that implemented the campus-wide voice and data network. After holding several positions, he assumed the leadership role in central IT Services in 2006. He was promoted to associate vice president in 2009.

Clebsch has been involved with CENIC since its inception. He helped develop the early financial models for its funding and served on its business advisory committee in the 1990s. He has been a member of the CENIC board for four years. CENIC’s board chairs serve two-year terms, which are renewable.

“CENIC and, indeed, the global research and education network community are moving into a new era of ultra-high-performance and above-the-network services, and the leadership and experience that Bill offers will be absolutely invaluable in assuring that California maintains and builds on its current position as a global innovator,” said LOUIS FOX, CENIC’s president and CEO.