"How Michigan helped map path to the Internet" is a 15 October 2015 article by Susan Whitall in the Detroit News in which Doug Van Houweling talks about how "Michigan and its MERIT network played a crucial role in developing the worldwide web".As used in this article, it isn't clear if "Michigan" refers to the State of Michigan or the University of Michigan. I'd guess that the ambiguity is at least partly intentional.
The Merit Network was founded by Michigan State University, the University of Michigan, and Wayne State University in 1966 as a non-profit incorporated in Michigan. Merit was and remains administratively attached to the University of Michigan. At the start of the NSFNET project Merit was governed by eight of the state's thirteen four year public universities. During the course of the NSFNET project, this grew to include all of Michigan's public universities. During the time when the NSFNET proposal was written and the project started, Doug Van Houweling was the Chair of the Merit Board of Directors. Doug was followed as Chair by Mort Rahimi (Wayne State) and Paul Hunt (MSU). Doug was also the Vice Provost for Information Technology at the University of Michigan. The State of Michigan contributed $5 million ($1 million a year for five years) in support of Merit's NSFNET proposal.