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  (