Networking consortium names Georgetown CIO as President and CEO

Say goodbye to the man responsible for Georgetown’s wireless internet problems.

Earlier this week, the Sacramento Bee reported that David Lambert, Georgetown’s Chief Information Officer and Vice President of Information Services, will leave the University to become the President and CEO of Internet2, a not-for-profit technology consortium.

Since we have no idea what a “technology consortium” is—or what it does—we decided to peruse Internet2’s website. Turns out that the company uses “leading-edge network capabilities and unique partnership opportunities that together facilitate the development, deployment and use of revolutionary Internet technologies.” Internet2 also aims to expand educational opportunities by connecting universities and other education-oriented institutions.

“I am excited to have the opportunity to lead Internet2’s advanced networking communities into the next decade.” Lambert said in a press release.

Lambert, who worked at Georgetown for 12 years, assumes his new position with Internet2 on Tuesday, July 13. During his time as the University’s Chief Information Officer, Lambert oversaw a number of technological changes, including transitions to the MyAccess banner system and Google-hosted email accounts. Prior to working at Georgetown, Lambert served at the Vice President for Information Technology at Cornell University.

According to the Bee, Lambert has been involved with Internet2 since the consortium started in 1996. When hiring Lambert, however, Internet2 must’ve missed a glaring omission in his resume—Georgetown is still not even close to being a totally-wireless campus.

8 Comments on “Networking consortium names Georgetown CIO as President and CEO

  1. “Say goodbye to the man responsible for Georgetown’s wireless internet problems.” I’d say lack of funding is responsible for wireless internet problems at GU, not David Lambert. Do you think if GU chose to fund it, he would have said, “No thanks, not a priority.” Most of what’s wrong at GU is due to a lack of funding, not because the person in charge of a particular department or area is incompetent. And, yes, students pay a lot to go here. But funding priorities flow down from the board of directors and campus leadership. The “worker bees” just do what they can with the money they get.

  2. unless the worker bee happens to be in ocaf.

  3. @Steve Thompson

    I agree that money is the main problem, but that excuse just doesn’t cut it. UIS has never made anything easy for students. Google Apps is free, and the University won’t enable docs, calendar, and chat???

    Even so, it still seems like there isn’t a whole lot to show for his tenure. No one even likes MyAccess.

  4. Steve Thompson is right. Georgetown is “not even close to being a totally wireless campus” because the University refuses to fund a totally wireless campus.

    @Not good enough: There’s plenty to show for his tenure!

  5. @Not good enough — MyAccess is the “industry standard,” so to speak. Most other American (and even some international) universities use MyAccess, and it was DEFINITELY time for Georgetown to upgrade from StudentAccess.

  6. I think the University needs to use this as an opportunity to bring in someone really innovative and outside-the-box, a Vivek Kundra type who will really spur new ideas and ways of thinking on a campus that is notoriously stuffy and stagnant when it comes to implementing 20th Century ways of doing things. There are ways to make positive changes without huge costs. Look at application-building contests used by the Federal and local governments across the country. Certainly we can harness the creative talent of GU students, alumni, faculty, and benefactors to get things done.

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  8. The University’s IT issues are not a lack of money but rather a lack of vision and leadership.

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