IRON announces office slate for 2014

The Idaho Regional Optical Network (IRON) today named its slate of incoming officers for calendar 2014.

Boise, ID, January 20, 2014 – The Idaho Regional Optical Network (IRON) is pleased to announce its 2014 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 education, health care, research, state and local government, and economic development organizations.

For 2014:

• President and Chief Executive Officer, Viji Murali, Vice President for Information Services and Chief Information Officer for Washington State University in Pullman, WA.
• Vice President, Howard Grimes, Vice President of Research and Economic Development for Idaho State University in Pocatello, ID.
• Treasurer, Daniel Ewart, Chief Information Officer for the University of Idaho in Moscow, ID.
• Secretary, Allen Schmoock, Chief Technology Officer and Director of Information Technology for Lewis-Clark State College in Lewiston, ID.
• Immediate Past President, Stacey Carson, Vice President of Operations for the Idaho Hospital Association in Boise, ID.

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

• Incumbent President and Chief Executive Officer Stacey Carson, Idaho Hospital Association
• Incumbent Vice President Viji Murali, Washington State University
• Incumbent Secretary, Max Davis-Johnson, Boise State University
• Incumbent Treasurer, Spalding Jugganaikloo, Brigham Young University-Idaho
• Incumbent Immediate Past President, Brent Stacey, Idaho National Laboratory

(Editor Note: IRON’s President and Vice President are elected by the IRON Board of Directors, and typically serve a one year term. IRON’s Secretary and Treasurer are appointed by the President/ Chief Executive Officer (CEO) for indefinite terms and serve at the pleasure of the President and CEO.)

Stacey Carson, Vice President, Operations for Idaho Hospital Association

”IRON has connected more than 80 thousand students, researchers and healthcare professionals to a national and international community. IRON’s Associates are connected via a network that they own and operate for the betterment of their institutions, their communities and for everyone in the State of Idaho.

IRON’s officers and directors are committed to the continued long-term fulfillment and success of the IRON vision and we are in good hands with incoming President and CEO.”

Viji Murali, Vice President for Information Services and Chief Information Officer for Washington State University

“IRON is poised to take advantage of the many opportunities presented by the changing technologies through a solid vision developed by our associates for education, research and healthcare to become the entity of choice for cost-effective solutions for our organizations. Washington state university is a multicampus, research, land grant institution, and connections to local, national and international networks would not have been possible without IRON.”

Howard Grimes, Vice President of Research and Economic Development for Idaho State University

“Through partnerships with our sister institutions, healthcare providers, and Idaho National Laboratory (INL), IRON has advanced the availability and cost-effective access to the Internet, Internet2, National Lambda Rail, and other resources not previously available to ISU. IRON has enabled research, education, advancements in healthcare collaboration, and fostered collaboration effectively with other counterparts within Idaho, as well as nationally and internationally. Perhaps most importantly, by working in this collaborative manner we, and the state of Idaho, has acquired critical resources in an extremely cost-effective manner.”

Daniel Ewart, Chief Information Officer, University of Idaho

“Our partnership in IRON has done so much more than provide a robust, cost-effective connection to the Internet. It has allowed us to connect many of our locations together, enabling teaching, learning, research and communication. Our participation also allows us to further our mission as the land grant, outreach-focused higher education institution in the state while providing opportunities for collaboration with local, state and federal agencies across Idaho. We remain proud to be a charter member of IRON and looking forward to participating in IRON continued growth and success.”

Allen Schmoock, Chief Technology Officer and Director of Information Technology for Lewis-Clark State College

“Unlike a research institution, Lewis-Clark State College’s (LCSC) specialty is teaching and learning, and it places a premium on communication between students and instructors. In today’s higher education environment, instruction and communication often occur online. During the last semester of 2013, over two-thirds of LCSC’s students took at least one online course. The college depends on IRON’s bandwidth and dependability to serve local and world-wide online constituents. For five years IRON has carried LCSC’s online courses efficiently and reliably.”

Chartered in late 2007, “IRON” (www.ironforidaho.net) is a cooperative effort between five universities located in the Northwest region of the United States, the State of Idaho, the Idaho Hospital Association, and the Idaho National Laboratory (INL), to establish a high-performance regional optical network within the State of Idaho. IRON is owned, operated and managed by these Charter and General Associates.

Today, five years after its inception, IRON provides low-cost, high-speed bandwidth to more than 175,000 students, teachers, administrators, researchers, and health care professionals across the state of Idaho.

Organizations eligible to participate in the Idaho Regional Optical Network, Inc. (IRON), a not-for-profit Idaho corporation, include those engaged in research, public and private education, health care, and economic development; as well as libraries, museums, and local, state, and federal government agencies. IRON, like 40 similar Regional Optical Network organizations operating in other states across the country, provides access and connectivity, at speeds of up to 10 gigabits, to the Internet, and to both of the nation’s advanced research and education broadband networks, Internet2 (www.internet2.org), and the National Lambda Rail (www.nlr.net).

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