KINBER Names Gwendolyn L. Huntoon as Executive Director

STATE COLLEGE, PA (Jan. 16) The Keystone Initiative for Network Based Education and Research (KINBER) board of directors announced the appointment of Gwendolyn L. (Wendy) Huntoon as its new executive director. Huntoon will lead the nonprofit organization, which fosters collaboration through technology by delivering nexgeneration broadband services to nonprofit organizations throughout Pennsylvania viPennREN, a 1,600mile fiber optic network across the state.

I am honored and excited to lead KINBER,Huntoon said. Working in regional networking in Pennsylvania has been a passion of mine since joining the Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center in 1989, and I will dedicate my energy to forging partnerships, enabling access and maximizing the power of PennREN for the benefit of communities across the commonwealth.”

The appointment of Huntoon is the culmination of a six-month national search for an executive to lead the organization.

Wendy Huntoon is a talented, seasoned visionary who has led several successful network operations during her career, and she was selected to lead KINBER based on her expertise, connections and proven leadership,” Jinx P. Walton, chair of KINBER’s Executive Search Committee, vice chair of the KINBER Board of Directors and University of Pittsburgh CIO.

The KINBER Board of Directors chair, Bruce M. Taggart, Ph.D., vice provost for library and technology services at Lehigh University, noted,From the initial collaborative grantwriting process to the creation of KINBER and the receipt of the federal grant, Wendy has been one of the core founders of the organization, and she is fully dedicated to realizing KINBER’s vision of bringing next generation broadband to community institutions in underserved areas of Pennsylvania.

Huntoon currently serves as director of advanced networking at the Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center, a research department within Carnegie Mellon University, where she provides the overall leadership, management and administrative support for all the PSC’s production and research network infrastructure and technologies. She directs the groups research on network performance and analysis, in projects such as

the National Science Foundationfunded Web10Gig, which focused on enabling ordinary users, from the broadest range of fields and technical abilities, to effectively use the network to its full capacity. In addition, she oversees the Three Rivers Optical Exchange, a high-speed network hub through which PSC’s networking group provides high-performance networking for research and education for eighteen organizations.

Since 2011 she also has served as senior director for research and science engagement for the CTO Office at Internet2, where she is responsible for developing programs for and providing direct support to the research community nationwide.

Previously, she served as director of operations for National LambdaRail from 2005-2009, and was the first executive director of The Quilt, where she grew the organization to more than 25 advanced regional network organizations with projects in the area of commodity Internet service (CIS), regional peering and fiber optical networks.

Huntoon has a Master of Science in Electrical Engineering from Northeastern University and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Math and History from Bowdoin College.

She succeeds interim director James E. (Jim) Williams, a veteran networker who currently serves as the founder/principal of Netilluminati, LLC, a Red Rock, Texas – based consulting firm providing project management, organizational assistance and leadership for advanced network projects. Williams has managed the day-to-day responsibilities of the organization during the search process.

Huntoon will begin her tenure on Feb. 13, 2014.


The Keystone Initiative for Network Based Education and Research (KINBER) is a non-profit membership organization comprised of education, healthcare, economic development, libraries, public media and other non-profit organizations devoted to fostering collaboration through technology. Established in 2010 through a $99.6 million grant from the National Telecommunications and Information Administration, KINBER is committed to delivering equitable, reliable and affordable access, space for collaboration, and digital tools for research and education to inspire tomorrow’s scientific discoveries, enable the exchange of ideas and culture among diverse populations, educate the next generation of citizens and revitalize Pennsylvania’s economy.

KINBER’s first project, PennREN, the Pennsylvania Research and Education Network, provides next generation broadband to non-profit organizations across 50 counties of Pennsylvania and enables value-added services like Ultra (4K) high-definition (UHD) video, telepresence or videoconferencing, and data sharing for member institutions to share best practices, content and programs. PennREN lights more than 1,600 miles of fiber on a middle-mile network that connects more than 70 locations. For more information on PennREN and KINBER, visit

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