Executive Director of OARnet Appointed to the Internet2 Board of Trustees

COLUMBUS, Ohio (Nov 25, 2014) — 

WASHINGTON and COLUMBUS, OH, Nov. 25, 2014—Pankaj Shah, executive director of the Ohio Academic Resources Network (OARnet) and the Ohio Supercomputer Center, has been appointed to serve on the Internet2 Board of Trustees as a network representative. Shah is serving the term of retired Board Member Joe Freddoso, former CEO of MCNC.   

          Pankaj Shah

Internet2 is a member-driven technology and networking consortium founded and led by members from the research and education (R&E) communities, including OARnet. Internet2 operates the largest and fastest R&E network in the U.S. while also partnering with technology leaders to provide cloud, trust, identity and middleware services for higher education, government, and other public institutions.

H. David Lambert, president and chief executive officer of Internet2, said, “We are pleased to have Pankaj Shah join our Board of Trustees. Pankaj brings a wealth of experience through his leadership in the community and bringing together a statewide network with a supercomputing center. Internet2 values our longtime partnership with OARnet and we look forward to working with Pankaj in our efforts to advance technology solutions for the R&E community.”

The Internet2 Board of Trustees is responsible for the strategic direction, planning, and oversight of the organization. The Board includes four standing committees: the Executive Committee, Audit and Finance Committee, Nominations Committee, and Programs and Priorities Committee. Shah will serve on the Audit & Finance Committee.

“I have been associated with Internet2 and the broader R&E community since 2000.  It’s an honor to be selected to serve on the Internet2 Board of Trustees. I plan to uphold the duties appointed to me by the organization while sharing my experience and contributing my own input on the future of Internet2 and the community it serves,” Shah said. 

About OARnet
A member of the Ohio Board of Regents Ohio Technology Consortium, the Ohio Academic Resources Network (OARnet) provides technology solutions for Ohio's education, public broadcasting, health care and government communities. Since 1987, OARnet has identified and deployed shared services that reduce costs, deliver quality programs, increase productivity and improve customer service. Communities voluntarily participate in the OARnet consortium because they value these benefits and services. Ultimately, OARnet promotes community and economic development by expanding access to affordable technology.

About Internet2
Internet2® is a member-owned advanced technology community founded by the nation's leading higher education institutions in 1996. Internet2 provides a collaborative environment for U.S. research and education organizations to solve common technology challenges, and to develop innovative solutions in support of their educational, research, and community service missions.

Internet2 also operates the nation’s largest and fastest, coast-to-coast research and education network, in which the Network Operations Center is powered by Indiana University. Internet2 serves more than 93,000 community anchor institutions, 260 U.S. universities, 65 government agencies, 40 regional and state education networks, 85 leading corporations working with our community and more than 65 national research and education networking partners representing more than 100 countries.

Internet2 offices are located in Ann Arbor, Mich.; Denver, Colo.; Emeryville, Calif.; Washington, D.C; and West Hartford, Conn. For more information, visit www.internet2.edu or follow @Internet2 on Twitter.