Stephen Kankus appointed NYSERNet President

Syracuse, NY (July 8, 2019) – Stephen Kankus has been named president of, Inc., a nonprofit organization serving the data and networking technology needs of colleges, museums, healthcare facilities, primary and secondary schools and research institutions. The board of directors unanimously appointed Kankus to the position on June 13, 2019.

“It’s terrific when you find the right person with the right experience at the right time in the history of this organization,” said, Inc. board president and chairman, John E. Kolb, P.E., vice president for information services and technology and chief information officer at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. “Steve has proven over his long tenure with NYSERNet to have a deep understanding of higher education and advanced networking. We know that he will drive future innovations through strong collaborations with a dedicated board and the talented staff at NYSERNet.”

Kankus has been with NYSERNet since 1994, serving in roles including research associate, director of education services, director of operations, COO and interim president.

“Steve has both deep experience in regional research network operations and an astute view of how to best position NYSERNet to meet the dynamic needs of our members,” said, Inc. chairman, R. David Vernon, assistant vice president and chief technology officer at Cornell University. “The board is looking forward to working with Steve to assure we meet the needs of our expanding membership.”

Under Kankus’ leadership, NYSERNet will continue to advance the research and educational missions of its members by delivering a full range of customized, progressive, high speed, and affordable end-to-end data and networking technology solutions that exclusively supports research and education.

“I’m honored by the confidence the board has placed in me,” said Kankus. “I look forward to working with NYSERNet’s staff, board members, and our institutional members to extend and expand upon our legacy of service to the education community.”

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About NYSERNet:

NYSERNet is a private not-for-profit corporation created to foster science and education. Its mission is to advance network technology and related applications to satisfy needs common to the institutions comprising the research and education community, providing a forum for exploration of the opportunities and challenges these innovations present. An internet pioneer, NYSERNet has delivered next-generation Internet services to research and education community for more than 30 years. NYSERNet members include leading universities, colleges, museums, healthcare facilities, primary and secondary schools, and research institutions.