John Gillispie, Executive Director
John P. Gillispie
Missouri Research and Education Network
About John P. Gillispie
John Gillispie leads the Missouri Research and Education Network (MOREnet), one of the nation’s first and largest research and education networks, serving nearly 800 Missouri organizations, including school districts, public libraries, higher-education institutions and government agencies. Founded in 1990, MOREnet, a separate business unit within the University of Missouri, provides its members with a statewide fiber optic network, Internet connectivity and access to essential technology services such as videoconferencing, technical support, network consulting, training, network security and access to online database resources.
Prior to joining MOREnet, Mr. Gillispie served as executive director of the Iowa Communications Network, serving thousands of Iowans with a fiber network and related technical services. Concurrently, Gillispie also held the positions of chief operating officer for the Information Technology Enterprise for the Iowa Department of Administrative Services and chief information officer for Iowa, overseeing daily operations of information technology and shared services throughout state government. He is a past president of the National Association of State Chief Information Officers (NASCIO), an organization of state chief information officers and information technology executives from state governments across the United States and U.S. territories.
Originally from Chicago, Mr. Gillispie graduated with degrees in Accountancy and Business Administration from Triton College in River Grove, Ill., in 1974, Business Data Processing from Southwest Missouri State University in Springfield, Mo., in 1975 and received his Masters of Business Administration from Oklahoma State University in Stillwater in 1996.
“As executive director, my priority is to ensure we maintain each member’s confidence and trust as we explore opportunities to increase our value to the entire consortium. I am committed to finding innovative ways to lower our connectivity costs and enable shared services across the network while keeping our member fees fair and equitable.”