Following an extensive search of nationwide applicants, MOREnetâ€™s new Executive Director was hired from within. Natasha Angell, who previously served as Director of Member Services and Development, has been named Executive Director; a position only held by two previous individuals since MOREnet was established in 1991. Natasha has helped to guide the organization through a variety of changes, including the reshaping of MOREnetâ€™s business model as it evolved from a state-funded to a member-driven organization. In addition to working with various member organizations and associations in Missouri, she has been active in both The Quilt and the Internet2 communities for several years.
Natasha has a deep understanding of both internal and external factors influencing the consortium, and has spent the last several years working with the leadership team to continue to enhance the value of participation, including lowering the network connectivity fees, expanding professional development opportunities, and formalizing MOREnetâ€™s Cyber Security Operations Team.
Under Natasha's leadership, MOREnet opened the MOREnet Immersive Learning Lab (the MILL), which serves as a student-centered collaborative space for exploration and hands on learning for makerspace concepts. Her teams have negotiated numerous value-adding consortium discounts and leveraged public procurement to enable cost-saving technology solutions for consortium members, while continuing to ensure products and services are timely and relevant and keeping customer service as the highest priority.
Gary Allen, UM System Vice President for Information Technology and MUâ€™s CIO, served as the search committee chair. He states, "I am confident she will provide exemplary leadership and serve MOREnetâ€™s members very well in the coming years."
Natasha began her career at MOREnet in 2002 as the Manager for Technical Support Services, and has been the Director of Member Services and Development for the past twelve years. Her vision for the future includes continuing to offer the highest-quality experience for technology and support for academia and public sector. "I'm both honored and excited by the opportunity to lead this great organization. I understand the expectation of excellence our members have placed on us and am proud of our team members who meet or exceed these expectations on a daily basis. We are fortunate to have earned our members' support and trust over the years and Iâ€™m looking forward to growing and strengthening MOREnetâ€™s value for Missourians."