IRON Announces 2017 Officers

Boise, ID, January 26, 2017 – The Idaho Regional Optical Network (IRON) is pleased to announce its 2017 slate of officers. IRON officers and board of directors are chosen from the organization’s Charter and General Associates which include representatives and members-at large of the state’s higher education, health care, research, state and local government, and economic development organizations.

For 2017:

  • President and Chief Executive Officer, Brian Whitlock, President and CEO of the Idaho Hospital Association in Boise, ID.
  • Treasurer, Randy Gaines, Chief Information Officer for the Idaho State University in Pocatello, ID.
  • Secretary, Stacey Carson, Vice President of Operations for the Idaho Hospital Association in Boise, ID.
  • Immediate Past President, Dan Ewart, Vice President of Infrastructure/CIO, University of  Idaho in Moscow, ID.

The board wishes to express their gratitude to the outgoing IRON officers including:

  • Immediate Past President Howard Grimes, Director for Innovation & Industry Partnerships at the Idaho National Laboratory & Center for Advanced Energy Studies (CAES)
  • Treasurer Joseph Taylor, CIO at Brigham Young University-Idaho.

Chartered in late 2007, IRON ( is a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation established as a cooperative effort between Boise State University, Brigham Young University – Idaho, Idaho State University, University of Idaho, Washington State University, the State of Idaho, the Idaho Hospital Association, and the Idaho National Laboratory (INL). IRON is owned, operated and managed by these Charter and General Associates.

IRON provides essential connectivity, including fiber optics, circuits and equipment, for the Idaho’s universities, the state of Idaho, the Idaho National Laboratory and non-profit hospitals.  IRON benefits Idaho by providing a reliable and scalable network at speeds up to 100 gigabits, supporting research, education health care, economic development and state and local governments. IRON, like 40 similar Regional Optical Network organizations operating in other states across the country, provides access and connectivity to the Internet, and to Internet2, the nation’s advanced research and education broadband network  (



IRON Announces New General Manager

BOISE, ID – The Idaho Regional Optical Network, Inc. (IRON) announced today the appointment of Michael Guryan as General Manager for the organization. Previously IRON’s Distance Education Coordinator, Mr. Guryan will take over for IRON’s previous General Manager, Victor Braud. Mr. Guryan has decades of experience managing information technology networks as the former owner of Sun Valley Systems and Director of IT for the State of Idaho, SCP Global Technologies, Renaissance Mark, Akrion Inc and others.

“IRON has contributed to the deployment of broadband statewide,” Mr. Guryan noted. “Access to high-speed bandwidth is essential for education and drives economic development by overcoming geographic barriers. I am looking forward to continuing this important mission. Idaho’s participation in the global community depends on it.”

President and CEO Howard Grimes expressed his appreciation for Mr. Braud’s contributions to IRON. “On behalf of IRON’s Officers and Board of Directors, I would like to thank Victor for his years of service to IRON.” Mr. Braud was instrumental in IRON’s creation and development and served as General Manager from 2009 through 2015.

IRON is a regional research and education (R&E) network, chartered in 2007 as a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit Idaho corporation.  IRON provides Idaho’s higher education, research, and healthcare institutions with high speed, low cost connectivity throughout Idaho, and to the national R&E network (Internet2), the public internet and surrounding regional networks.

IRON provides inter-campus connectivity among its Charter and General Associates to facilitate research and data exchange. IRON also provides connectivity between all its Associates and Idaho’s high schools for distance learning and college-level advanced placement courses. IRON is the designated Internet2 UCAN/SEGP entity for Idaho. As such it is responsible for providing Internet2 connectivity to its Charter Associates, General Associates and K-12 institutions.