Board of Directors appoints Stephen Kankus to lead NYSERNet

Syracuse, NY (July 2, 2018) –Stephen Kankus has been selected by the Board of Directors to take charge of the executive leadership of  Kankus brings over 24 years of operational leadership to the organization.

Kankus will be leveraging the strong financial and technical position of the organization to continue connecting research and education enterprises within the state and region reinforcing NYSERNet’s mission and expanding outreach.

“The board is very fortunate to have someone of Steve’s caliber to keep up the momentum of the current NYSERNet initiatives.  His demonstrated ability and his long-term dedicated service to the organization make him an ideal candidate to lead the continued development of the New York State Research and Education network as a model for the nation,” said John E. Kolb, P.E., Vice President for Information Services and Technology & Chief Information Officer at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.

Kankus will continue the expansion of the R&E infrastructure throughout New York State and with strategic connectors regionally and nationally.  Additionally, Kankus will continue adding increased value of services to member organizations.

“I am pleased that Stephen Kankus is taking over the leadership of NYSERNet,” said Bill Thirsk, Vice President of Information Technology/CIO at Marist College, “Steve’s service to the organization and his understanding of NYSERNet’s operation and the importance of its mission makes him the ideal person.  With Steve’s experience, he is fully prepared to take on the challenges of advanced high speed networking that supports research, and assures that the community that NYSERNet supports remains one of trust and innovation.”

Kankus has been an active NYSERNet employee since 1994, serving in roles such as Research Associate, Director of Education Services, Director of Operations, and Chief Operating Officer.

Through this change in leadership, NYSERNet continues its mission 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.

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About NYSERNet:

NYSERNet is a private not-for-profit corporation created to foster science and education in New York State. Its mission is to advance network technology and related applications to satisfy needs common to the institutions comprising New York State’s 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 New York State’s research and education community for more than 25 years. NYSERNet members include New York State’s leading universities, colleges, museums, healthcare facilities, primary and secondary schools, and research institutions.