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The Four Presidents

Dr. Mark Ellingson was affiliated with RIT for over 40 years, 33 of them as its president, and devoted his life to the welfare of young people. Dr. Ellingson served as a trustee and president of the Chamber of Commerce, and as a member of the boards of trustees of the George Eastman House, the American Craftsmen’s Council, and the Rochester Bureau of Municipal Research. He was an honorary member of the Printing Industry Association of Rochester, a fellow of the now Rochester Museum and Science Center (RMSC), and a founder of the Rochester Area Educational Television Association (RAETA)--forerunner to WXXI. Dr. Ellingson was a longstanding member of the Rochester Rotary Club, serving as president in 1940, and was a recipient of the club’s Annual Civic Award.


Dr. Paul A. Miller was a distinguished educator and served as Assistant Secretary of Education in the U.S. Department of Health, Education, and Welfare before becoming RIT’s President. Dr. Miller demonstrated his commitment to community service through numerous national and statewide professional memberships. Among the many awards that he received were the Civic Development Award (Education) from the Rochester Chamber of Commerce (awarded to him and his wife, Dr. Francena L. Miller), and the Rochester Rotary Club Annual Civic Award. Dr. Miller was the founding chairman of the Rochester Fights Back, a coalition to combat drug and alcohol abuse. He also served as chairman of the board of Rochester Area Colleges, Inc., vice president of the Otetiana Council of the Boy Scouts of America, and was a member of the board of directors of the International Museum of Photography at the George Eastman House and the board of trustees of Nazareth College.


Dr. M. Richard Rose credits his tenure as a platoon leader in the Marine Corps as the “best post-baccalaureate education” he received. During his time at RIT, Dr. Rose served on the board of overseers for Strong Memorial Hospital and the boards of Rochester Gas and Electric and Monroe Savings and Loan. Additionally, he served as vice chairman of the board of trustees for the Commission on Independent Colleges and Universities in the state of New York. Dr. Rose was a colonel in the Marine Corps Reserve and received the Distinguished Civilian Award from the Department of Defense, the U.S. Army, and the U.S. Air Force. He also served as secretary of the Navy’s Advisory Board for Education and Training.

Dr. Albert J. Simone was active in a wide range of community organizations during this tenure at RIT. He served two terms as chairman of the Greater Rochester Metro Chamber of Commerce, and was a member of the board and executive committee of the Rochester Business Alliance. He is also a board member of the Center for Governmental Research and Excellus Blue Cross and Blue Shield, and chaired the board of the Rochester Area Colleges. He received numerous awards from community organizations including the Jewish National Fund, Otetiana Council of the Boy Scouts, and Rochester Rotary, among others. He also served as chair of the Commission on Independent Colleges & Universities and was a board member of the NYS Business Council’s Public Policy Institute. He participated in the Mayor’s Biracial Partnership for Community Progress Program, was honorary chair of the 1997 Salvation Army’s Help-the-Homeless Weekend, and co-chaired the 1998 Athena Awards selection committee. Nationally, he served on the boards of the Association of Independent Technological Universities and the National Commission for Cooperative Education.