NYSERNet President Stephen Kankus Announces Retirement

Syracuse, N.Y., Dec. 15, 2021 – Stephen Kankus will retire as president of NYSERNet effective at the end of June 2022, after a notable 28-year career. 

 Kankus started his tenure at NYSERNet, a private, nonprofit corporation fostering science and education in New York state, in 1994. Since then, the NYSERNet community has benefited from his drive and passion for serving its members. He has been in roles that included research associate, director of educational services, director of operations and chief operating officer. In July 2019, he was appointed president by the NYSERNet board of directors. 

 “During his long tenure, Steve has been an incredible asset to NYSERNet and the members that we serve,” said John Kolb, Chair, NYSERNet.net, Inc. board of directors and vice president for information services and technology and chief information officer at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. “His overall understanding of the industry, talent for developing leaders and an eye for fostering innovation has been a driving force behind the services, education and resources the organization has been able to provide to our members, particularly through these unprecedented times.” 

 Under Kankus’ leadership, NYSERNet has continued to advance its 36-year mission to deliver next-generation internet services to New York state’s research and education community, as well as advance network technology and related applications and explore the opportunities and challenges these innovations present.  

 “My goal during my time at NYSERNet was always to create a stable foundation for continued growth of our organization and its mission,” said Kankus. “Having accomplished that, I am fully confident that our amazing staff and dedicated board of directors will work together with NYSERNet’s next leader to continue its legacy of providing superior services, education and resources to our members.”  

 NYSERNet is comprised of members from New York state’s leading universities, colleges, museums, healthcare facilities, BOCES and research institutions. 


For more information, visit www.nysernet.org.