Stanley McKenzie, RIT provost and chief academic officer, is the 2008 Commencement speaker at Rochester Institute of Technology. With 41 years of dedicated service to RIT, McKenzie has played a major role in past commencements, says RIT President Bill Destler.
“Now it is his turn to deliver this important address,” says Destler. “Dr. McKenzie is an RIT institution who has played a major role in the advancement of the university into the ranks of the nation’s largest and finest private universities. Additionally, Dr. McKenzie has the ability to impart his quest for lifelong learning to our students, a quality we often seek for our speaker.”
McKenzie will speak at 10 a.m. Friday, May 23, at the Academic Convocation in the Gordon Field House and Activities Center. Approximately 3,500 students will receive degrees at the university’s 123rd graduation ceremony.
McKenzie will be stepping down as provost in June. He will be back in the classroom in the fall to teach literature, including Shakespeare. McKenzie has a B.S. in science and humanities from MIT. He holds an M.A. and a Ph.D. in English literature from the University of Rochester. RIT has marked momentous changes since McKenzie’s arrival, when the campus was still located in downtown Rochester. Enrollment has grown from fewer than 10,000 students to nearly 16,000. More than 100 academic programs, including four Ph.D. degrees (plus two more under development), have been launched.
McKenzie’s prior administrative roles at RIT include director of judicial affairs, assistant to the provost, acting dean of the College of Liberal Arts and assistant to the vice president for student affairs/judicial affairs. He has been on the RIT faculty since 1967. He counts his 16 years dealing with matters of student misconduct as director of judicial affairs as among his most gratifying assignments.
RIT is home to eight colleges. College commencement ceremonies held on both Friday, May 23, and Saturday, May 24, will recognize graduates individually.