James Watters joined the RIT team in 1994 as budget director. He is now the senior vice president of finance and administration and treasurer. At RIT, he oversees the activity of more than 740 full-time employees and 1,500 student workers. He is responsible for administering the university’s annual $661 million operating budget; capital budget totaling $156 million; $850 million endowment and working capital portfolios; and $275 million public debt portfolio. Dr. Watters is responsible for housing; dining services; bookstore operations; human resources; accounting/payroll; insurance; public safety; audit; legal; information technology and security; institutional research; and facilities operations, design and construction.
Dr. Watters is vice chair of RIT’s Global Delivery Corporation which oversees RIT’s international campuses located in central Europe and Dubai. He holds the position of treasurer of the RIT Croatia board of trustees and Secretary of the Board for RIT Dubai’s board of trustees. Dr. Watters serves on several nonprofit and for-profit boards, including the Greater Rochester Health Foundation, New York Wine and Culinary Center, Broadstone Net Lease and Broadtree Homes, Excell Partners, Vnomics and Fidelity Investments.
He came to RIT from the University of Pittsburgh, where he spent his entire academic and previous professional years and earned a B.S., M.S. and Ph.D.