The University of Rio Grande and Rio Grande Community College’s Department of Campus Computing and Networking works to keep Rio connected using the latest technology to provide a high quality education to students locally and globally. Because of this effort, the institution is proud to announce Director of Campus Computing and Networking Kingsley Meyer is one of the two inaugural Doug Gale Outstanding Service Award recipients. The award presented by the OARnet (Ohio Academic Resources Network) honors Ohio individuals who have provided exemplary service to the OARnet organization, their institution and their community. Meyer said he is glad to receive the award and continue working with OARnet.
“It’s an honor to be one of the first recipients of this award. Rio has worked very closely with OARnet and has participated in many advancements. It is a wonderful experience to represent the institution through this award,” Meyer said. “You have people who stand out as advocates to better each community. I’m proud to serve Rio and continue advocating to keep our campuses and communities connected to platforms that can advance education. We are very fortunate to have an administration and boards of trustees who support this effort.”
Meyer has been at Rio since 1988 and played a key role in the institution’s initial connection to OARnet. He also helped pioneer bringing broadband service to Rio and Gallia County. Rio President, Dr. Michelle Johnston, said she is grateful for Meyer’s work in bringing these services to the community and keeping Rio connected.
“We are all so proud of Kingsley for receiving this award. He has dedicated heart and soul to keeping Rio and our community connected, and he continues to introduce us to new technology to serve our students and employees,” Johnston said. “Through our OARnet connection, we have been able to expand our abilities to provide quality education to our community. I’m very thankful to Kingsley for being a part of this since the beginning. He truly deserves this honor.”
Meyer said last month marked the 30th anniversary of the State of Ohio Network and the Supercomputer Center, known as OH-Tech, which started to provide high-performance computing in the state. Meyer said having access to this service is a key component in providing high-quality education to students.
“Rio supports this effort because we want to see high connectivity available to our residents for education. OARnet is the glue that holds that connectivity together for higher education, and we are proud to work with them to create that connection for our community,” Meyer said. “I believe Rio is second to none in terms of connectivity. We have multiple high-speed Internet providers co-located in the basement of our library. This is possible because our Campus Computing and Networking staff has worked so hard to make it happen.”
This is Meyer’s second award while at Rio. In 2010, Meyer received the Ohio Broadband Hero Award from Connect Ohio and Connected Nation. Meyer earned this award for his dedication to helping establish the University of Rio Grande’s first Internet connection and leadership in several regional broadband committee initiatives. Today, the university has more than 30 buildings with fiber connections and widespread Wi-Fi hotspots. Meyer has also been influential in advocating for broadband options to the entire Southeastern Ohio community, including area schools and businesses. Through Connecting Rural Ohio projects in Vinton and Crown City, Meyer helped establish Community Computing Centers where he taught classes and installed Wi-Fi equipment in area homes, women’s shelters and churches.