KINBER Announces New Officers, Directors and KINBERCON 2017 Dates

KINBER Announces New Officers, Directors and KINBERCON 2017 Dates

HARRISBURG, PA (October 14) – At its annual board meeting, the Keystone Initiative for Network Based Education and Research (KINBER) announced its board officers, new board directors and plans for KINBERCON 2017, the organization’s annual conference.

“Through the leadership of strong officers and directors, KINBER is poised to continue its record growth and collaborative role as a trusted technology resource and partner in Pennsylvania,” said Wendy Huntoon, KINBER president and CEO. KINBER experienced a 24 percent increase in connected organizations during the past fiscal year, with 83 organizations connected to KINBER’s statewide high-performance Pennsylvania Research and Education Network, also known as PennREN.

Jinx Walton, chief information officer at the University of Pittsburgh, will continue serving as KINBER’s chair. Kenneth Blackney, associate vice president for core technology infrastructure, Drexel University, is vice chair. Param Bedi, vice president for library and information technology, Bucknell University, was elected as secretary and Dr. Celeste Schwartz, Montgomery County Community College vice president for information technology and college services as well as Pennsylvania Commission for Community Colleges representative, will serve as treasurer.

In its elections, the board also renewed institutional associate board memberships for Temple University and University of Scranton. Susan Bowen, University of Scranton’s chief information officer, is the newly appointed board member for the university and Tim O’Rourke, vice president for computer services and chief information officer, will continue as the board member for Temple. John O’Keefe, vice president and chief information officer, Lafayette College, was elected as the first individual board member under the new KINBER bylaws.

Bowen brings a strong background to the KINBER board. Prior to her role at the University of Scranton, Bowen served as executive director of Information Technology Services at Mercer Community College in West Windsor, New Jersey, where she was responsible for providing strategic leadership and management for information technologies. Susan earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the College of New Jersey and has attended the Institute of Educational Management at Harvard University. She has also served on the Educause Mid Atlantic conference planning committee, the New Jersey-based NJEDge Board of Trustees and several other statewide affinity groups.

As the first individual KINBER board member, O’Keefe also brings a wealth of experience and perspective. In addition to his role as vice president and chief information officer at Lafayette College, O’Keefe is currently serving on the InCommon Federation Steering Committee, where he leads its Programs Subcommittee. As Lafayette’s first CIO, he led the completion of the College’s IT Master Plan, expanded instructional technology, created a new college-wide IT governance process, established an IT process improvement and assessment service, and established a campus-wide data management service to address the College’s ever-increasing data needs. He also serves on the Consortium of Liberal Arts Colleges (CLAC) board as webmaster and chair. O’Keefe earned his bachelor’s degree from Lafayette College.

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Another highlight of the board meeting was the announcement of plans for its annual conference, KINBERCON 2017, which is slated for April 3-5, 2017, at the Omni William Penn Hotel, Pittsburgh. Due to the success of the 2016 conference, the format will continue to feature a full day of conference sessions followed by a day of tutorials and workshops. For information, visit


The Keystone Initiative for Network Based Education and Research (KINBER) is Pennsylvania’s statewide research, education and community network. The non-profit membership organization is comprised of education, healthcare, economic development, libraries, public media, government 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 provides network connectivity and services to more than 80 organizations in Pennsylvania. KINBER is committed to delivering equitable, reliable and affordable digital infrastructure and tools 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. For more information, visit or follow @KINBER on Twitter.


Leslie Amorós
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