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  • Subject: I2-NEWS: EDUCAUSE Leadership Award Goes to Klingenstein
  • Date: Thu, 07 Aug 2003 08:02:12 -0400


Washington, D.C. -- August 7, 2003 -- At its annual conference this November in Anaheim, California, EDUCAUSE will honor Kenneth J. Klingenstein, project director, Internet2 Middleware Initiative, and chief technologist at the University of Colorado at Boulder, with one of its highest individual awards, the Award for Leadership in Information Technologies. This award is part of a program that recognizes prominent leaders in the field of higher education information technology management for significant achievement and broad influence. The 2003 EDUCAUSE Leadership in Information Technologies Award recognizes visionary achievements and effectiveness in identifying and advancing technology directions for the various needs of higher education.

According to the selection committee headed by H. David Todd, vice provost and CIO for the University of San Diego, Dr. Kenneth Klingenstein has been especially notable for catalyzing and leading information technology architects to a consensus on standards which are becoming the global reference model for Internet authentication.

Klingenstein has been involved in computing technology and solving complex problems for almost three decades. One of a handful of leaders who has put and kept academia at the forefront of Internet development, he is widely respected for his breadth and depth of knowledge, his uniquely accurate visionary abilities, and skill in identifying and communicating the salient problems and issues embedded in complex, often chaotic, advanced network environments.

Klingenstein's academic career has taken him from the University of California, Santa Barbara, to the University of Colorado, Colorado Springs, where he became director of computing services in 1981, and then to the University of Colorado, Boulder, as director of information technology services in 1985. In 1999, he was named CU Boulder's Chief Technologist and loaned out to spearhead the Internet2 Middleware Initiative.

As director of the Middleware Initiative, Klingenstein has drawn together a thriving community of international technical talent that has delivered on several software development projects, the impact of which could be profound. Through his leadership and persistence, many can now envision a time when the systems on separate campuses will begin to inter-operate. One key to his success is his ability to convince campus CIOs of the validity of his vision, and to commit resources that can move the higher education community to that common goal.

One of the true Internet pioneers in the higher education IT community, he was early involved in NSFnet development, chaired the Federal Networking Council Advisory Committee, and has participated in many federal advisory groups on network policy and technology. He served on the board of the Corporation for Research and Educational Networking (CREN), and was among the key initiators of Public Key Infrastructure (PKI) security activities at a national level. He has served on governing bodies of CAUSE, the Common Solutions Group, and the Coalition for Networked Information, as well as regional and national networks. He was one of the first people in the country to recognize the importance of community and school networking: he received the first NSF grant issued to systematically network a school district and create professional development opportunities for teachers, and a similar community network grant from the National Telecommunications and Information Administration for the Boulder Community Network. His many workshops, talks, and publications convey his intelligent perception of a complex technology environment with authority, wit, and clarity.

Klingenstein holds a B.A. in mathematics from Brandeis University, and an M.A. in mathematics and Ph.D. in applied mathematics from the University of California, Berkeley.

Klingenstein will be recognized on Thursday, November 6, at a general session of the EDUCAUSE annual conference in Anaheim, which draws more than 6,000 professionals involved in the management of information resources in higher education. During a featured session later that day, he will speak on the provocative and typically allusive topic "Noteworthy Failures, Ulysses, and the Heart of Rock and Roll."

Klingenstein will receive a commemorative trophy custom-designed by Colorado artist John Haertling. As part of the award, EDUCAUSE will make a $2,000 contribution in his name to a scholarship supporting Native American education.

The EDUCAUSE Leadership in Information Technologies Award is part of a program that honors outstanding professionals for their achievements. Others recognized this year are: for Excellence in Leadership, Polley Ann McClure, vice president for Information Technologies at Cornell University; and for Leadership in the Profession, Martin Ringle, chief technology officer at Reed College. Winners are chosen by the EDUCAUSE Recognition Committee, consisting of higher education technology professionals selected for their breadth of experience and understanding in their fields.

With a membership of nearly 1,900 colleges, universities, and education organizations and more than 180 corporations, EDUCAUSE is one of the preeminent associations addressing the complex issues of incorporating information technologies and resources into the higher education mission. The association has offices in Washington, D.C., and Boulder, Colorado.

The Leadership in Information Technologies Award is sponsored by SCT, An EDUCAUSE Platinum Partner. For more information, see <>.

The mission of EDUCAUSE is to advance higher education by promoting the intelligent use of information technology. Visit <>.

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