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Please note that as of January 10, 2003, the best method to contact CREN staff or office is: through email: jboettch@cren.net, or cren@cren.net.

As noted in the minutes provided below, on January 7 2003, CREN's members decided to dissolve the organization.

Most CREN services have been transitioned to other organizations. Following the buttons on the left side will provide more information and take you to the appropriate site.


Minutes of the Final CREN Member Representatives Meeting
January 7 2003

The Corporation for Research and Educational Networking (CREN)


January 7, 2003, 1:00 p.m.
1600 Stowe Road
Reston, VA 20194

The meeting was called to order at 1:00 p.m. on January 7, 2003. 127 out of 177 member representatives were represented by written proxies. A quorum was therefore established.

The single purpose of the meeting was to vote on the following resolution which had been approved by the CREN Board of Trustees on November 08, 2002:

"We recommend that the Corporation for Research and Educational Networking (CREN) be dissolved effective as soon as appropriate. The effective date of dissolution will likely be in the first quarter of 2003. CREN Operations will cease effective as soon as appropriate."

127 Member Representatives (71.75%) voted on the motion. Of those voting, 126 voted in favor the resolution (99.21%) while one Member Representative abstained (0.79%). The resolution is therefore approved.

There being no further business of the meeting, the meeting was adjourned at 1:10 p.m.

Respectfully submitted,
Daniel R. Burk, as Proxy for the Trustees and Member Representatives


Announcement of CREN Board Resolution
December 5, 2002

The CREN Board of Trustees has approved a resolution for the membership to vote to dissolve the corporation effective as soon as appropriate so that reasonable care can be taken to transition services and personnel.

If approved by the CREN membership, the venerable higher-education technology association will close down after more than twenty years of service to the higher education community.

The full press announcement for this resolution is here. The CREN Member Representatives are receiving a ballot for approving/not approving this resolution. The special meeting for counting these ballots is scheduled for January 07, 2003.

What Happens Next?

We have prepared an FAQ anticipating some of the questions that our CREN members will have. While this FAQ cannot anticipate all the questions about the Certificate Authority Services, the TechTalks and ListProc, we hope that it will address most of them. If you have questions that the FAQ does not address, you can send email to cren@cren.net.

This CREN web site will be up and operational for a time while we are transitioning and transferring its content and services. Please check back here periodically for updates. For questions regarding the CREN Certificate Authority services, please email Neal McBurnett at nealmcb@internet2.edu. For other questions, email Judith Boettcher at jboettch@cren.net or send them to cren@cren.net.

Thanks to the CREN Members…

The CREN Board and the CREN Staff would like to thank the CREN Member Representatives and the entire CREN community for their support of CREN and support of the services that CREN provided to the higher education community.

While we are all disappointed to see CREN terminate its operations, it is important to note that the many visionary initiatives and services launched by CREN have made a real difference in the use of IT for higher education.

Once again, thank you for your support over the years!

-The CREN Board of Trustees and the CREN Staff


Notice to our Members and Friends regarding the outcome of the CREN Member Meeting on January 07, 2003. As the resolution was approved, the process of transitioning CREN services is underway. Watch this spot for continuing news until January 31, 2003.


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CREN provides Digital Certificate Services for the Higher Education Community.
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