Steve Lee, senior director of operations for Network Infrastructure and Services (NI&S) in the Virginia Tech Division of Information Technology, has been named to the board of directors of The Quilt, a national organization of state and regional research and education networks. Members of The Quilt collectively provide advanced network services and applications to universities and other educational and community organizations across the United States.  

A Virginia Tech alumnus with degrees in engineering and business administration, Lee has provided network engineering leadership at the university for more than two decades. In his current role, Lee has broad responsibility that includes oversight of statewide and regional network resources owned and operated by Virginia Tech on behalf of the Commonwealth’s research universities who are members of the Mid-Atlantic Research Infrastructure Alliance (MARIA, Inc.).  

“I am excited to have Steve Lee join the board of our organization, which brings together leaders from 38 state and regional networks across the United States,” said Jen Leasure, Quilt President and CEO. “Together, The Quilt members are shaping technology infrastructure and broadband policy to enable cutting edge research and to extend access to education, healthcare, and other critical services nationwide. I am confident Steve will provide leadership to help The Quilt continue our important mission.” 

Lee is replacing outgoing board member Ron Hutchins, vice provost of academic technology at the University of Virginia. 

“I am pleased Steve is stepping up to this important role representing the members of the Mid-Atlantic Research Infrastructure Alliance as the Virginia appointee to The Quilt Board of Directors,” said Hutchins. “The continued advancement of state and regional network assets managed by Steve and his team at Virginia Tech are critical to the research competitiveness of all Virginia institutions.”

Scott Midkiff, vice president for information technology and chief information officer for Virginia Tech, voiced his appreciation, “Steve Lee is a critical member of the information technology team at Virginia Tech. The Quilt is important to Virginia Tech and research universities throughout the nation, and Steve is a natural addition to The Quilt's leadership structure.”  

Lee began his new role on The Quilt board of directors on Jan. 5, 2022.

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