President and CEO

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NJEDge.Net provides a ubiquitous service to New Jersey’s academic community. Through its deployment of a regional optical network, member institutions have broadband access to state-of-the-art emerging technologies that enrich education, foster research and development, expand outreach and public service and achieve economies of scale. George Laskaris has championed this mission since the consortium was created in 2000.

His vision guides NJEDge.Net. Through his efforts over sixty higher education institutions, K-12 districts, and a non-profit arm of a state hospital receive Internet and Internet2 connectivity. George’s strategy for the next two years is to expand the membership base to include more K-12 schools, State Libraries as well as hospital and health care providers.

When Internet2 launched its Sponsored Education Group Program, allowing community colleges and K12 school districts to gain affordable statewide access to the national research and education network with international videoconferencing connections to over 55 countries around the world, George immediately promoted its benefits to member institutions. Faster access means greater opportunities for global research and collaboration. Internet2 resources are the ideal medium for progressive integration of technology. In recognition of his work, the Board of Trustees appointed George to be the President and CEO of NJEDge.Net in 2008. Prior to NJEDge.Net, George was Executive Director of Computing Services and Associate Provost for Information Technology at Rutgers University where he was responsible for a university-wide initiative to adopt IT into its academic and administrative services. His success at Rutgers was brought to the attention of the New Jersey President’s Council. In 2000 the council was looking for an Executive Director to form a not-for-profit corporation of technology resources in New Jersey serving higher education. George was selected to helm the consortium.

As outlined in his goals for 2013, NJEDge.Net will promote Internet2 to the next generation of researchers and educators showing that its resources and capabilities can greatly advance the competitiveness of New Jersey’s research and education community. Future goals call for developing innovative programs and initiatives to better help faculty harness new technologies that are a game changer for higher education; improve disaster recovery services for member institutions; support centrally hosted course management systems for the entire education community; and implement statewide federated identity management. The academic consortium benefits from George’s position as chair of the national organization of State Research and Education Networks (StateNets), and he is one of two leaders on Internet2′s program for Building Identity Management Trust Federations. He participates in Internet2′s program and planning committee’s as he represents the state’s priorities.

George frequently presents at conferences. In early 2010, George spoke at StateNets CEO Meeting and Net@EDU Annual meeting on the merits of the New Jersey’s Digital Video Repository grant initiative and presented during the general session of the annual Internet2 member meeting on state and regional networks. He is an active member of EDUCAUSE, the primary nonprofit association whose mission is to advance higher education by promoting the intelligent use of information technology. George is frequently invited to speak at colleges and universities on the integration of technology in education. George received his MS and ABD in Cognitive Psychology from Rutgers University.