Press Releases


OARnet elevates Fullmer to chief technology officer, Wise to director of networking 
Changes to organizational structure enhance OARnet’s capabilities and efficiency

Columbus, Ohio (Dec 1, 2020)

The Ohio Academic Resources Network (OARnet) announced today the promotion of Mark Fullmer to chief technology officer and the appointment of Aaron Wise as his replacement as director of networking, effective immediately.

Reflecting Fullmer and Wise’s expertise and leadership, these changes are key to ensuring OARnet’s long-term success as one of the most advanced statewide network infrastructures in the United States.


Research and Education Networks in Indiana, Michigan, and Ohio Announce Partnership in the Fight Against COVID-19 
I-Light, Merit, and OARnet team up to provide internet access and support online learning, research, and state and local government initiatives to aid communities amid pandemic

Bloomington, Indiana (Jun 12, 2020)

Please Note: This press release was originally published by Indiana University and can be found on their website here.

Speedy Circuit-Building Effort Supports COVID-19 Fight 

Columbus, Ohio (Jun 2, 2020)

Following the health emergency declaration, the State of Ohio urgently needed an IT network connection between the Ohio Department of Health (ODH) offices in downtown Columbus and its ODH Receipt, Stage, and Store (RSS) warehouse.

Supporting the Emergency Needs of OARnet Clients 

Columbus, Ohio (May 27, 2020)

On March 11, 2020, shortly after cases of the COVID-19 virus were officially detected in Ohio, Chancellor Randy Gardner and OARnet staff reached out to their communities to offer subsidized expansion of network bandwidth. This was done in an effort to better serve what was expected to be a dramatically increased need for online learning and teleworking arrangements.

Democratic Debate - Otterbein University

Behind the scenes: What it really takes to pull off a seamless national debate at a small college 

Columbus, Ohio (Dec 4, 2019)

An estimated 8.3 million people tuned in to watch the fourth Democratic debate on the evening of Oct. 15, 2019. Twelve hopeful presidential candidates took to the stage at Otterbein University in Westerville, Ohio, a suburb of Columbus. Many viewers may be surprised to find out that Otterbein is a small, private, liberal-arts college because of the seamlessness of the broadcast. Behind the scenes, hundreds of hours of work, strategy and partnership with OARnet went into making such a production successful.

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Chancellor appoints Shah as OARnet executive director 
Former OARnet leader returns to Ohio after four years leading Texas network

Columbus, Ohio (Dec 3, 2019)

Pankaj Shah, president and chief executive officer of the Lonestar Education and Research Network (LEARN) in Texas, has been named the seventh executive director of the Ohio Academic Resources Network (OARnet).

Schopis set to retire as OARnet executive director, CTO 
Schopis wraps up 23-year career with statewide broadband network June 30

Columbus, Ohio (Jun 25, 2019)

OARnet Executive Director and Chief Technology Officer Paul Schopis will retire June 30, following a two-plus-decade career that has made an enormous impact upon Ohio’s statewide IT network organization.

Denis Walsh appointed interim executive director of OARnet 
Telecommunications veteran to step in for Schopis, who will retire June 30

Columbus, Ohio (Jun 19, 2019)

Longtime OARnet staff member Denis Walsh will serve as interim executive director of the statewide network organization beginning July 1, 2019, taking the reins after the June 30 retirement of current Executive Director Paul Schopis.

OARnet, OH-TECH receive award for statewide collaborations 
Husted, Rodgers present award on behalf of Ohio Public Sector CIO Academy

Columbus, Ohio (Jun 5, 2019)

The Ohio Academic Resources Network (OARnet), the Ohio Technology Consortium (OH-TECH) and the Ohio Department of Higher Education (ODHE) were recently recognized for their collaborative business approach with entities around the state.

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OARnet partners to help researchers accelerate big data sharing 
Indiana University, Energy Services Network to lead $3.5 million NSF project

Columbus, Ohio (Oct 5, 2018)

OARnet recently joined several other regional and federal network organizations on a three-year, $3.5 million grant to help scientists more efficiently work with massive datasets that have become essential to modern scientific discovery.