RIT Announces Five New Appointments to its Board of Trustees

Business leaders from around the country to add their expertise to RIT’s mission




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Rochester Institute of Technology is adding five new members to its Board of Trustees. The new trustees, each of whom are business leaders from diverse industries, were announced during RIT’s West Coast Board of Trustees meeting, which took place July 9 through 11.

“The five new members add strength to an already eclectic board,” says Michael P. Morley, chairman of the RIT Board of Trustees. “They will help RIT continue to move forward with its strategic vision, which is to lead higher education in preparing students for successful careers in a global society.”

Bart Guerreri is founder, chairman and president of DSD Laboratories, a privately owned business which has expertise in the areas of information security, business process reengineering and knowledge management. Guerreri, a 1967 RIT mechanical engineering alumnus, resides in Sudbury, Mass.

Donald Truesdale is a partner at Goldman Sachs & Co., which had sales of more than $69 billion in 2006. Truesdale has worked closely with RIT to institute a Goldman Sachs three-year management program, in which interested RIT students interviewed with him for a chance to work at the company after their graduations. Truesdale, who graduated from RIT in 1987 with a degree in business administration, was raised in Rochester and currently resides in Chappaqua, N.Y.

Kevin Surace is president and CEO of Serious Materials, a company he founded in 2002. Based in Sunnyvale, Calif., the company develops and manufactures sustainable building materials that considerably reduce the impact of the “built environment” on the climate. Surace graduated from RIT in 1985 with a degree in electrical engineering technology.

Andrew Brenneman is a senior national account executive with Sprint Nextel, based in Reston, Va. He is currently responsible for nationwide sales efforts and costumer relations for Sprint Relay. Brenneman currently serves as chair of the NTID National Advisory Group and chair of the RIT Building and Grounds Committee. He graduated from RIT in 1988 with degrees in applied accounting and business administration management and currently resides in Leesburg, Va.

Lawrence Burns is vice president for research and development and strategic planning at General Motors Corp. He is the 2007 recipient of the SPE Automotive Division’s Global Executive Engineering Leadership Award. Burns has championed General Motors’ “reinvention” of the automobile, which is focused on realizing affordable, sustainable vehicles. He is a member of NTID’s National Advisory Group.

RIT has 50 active trustees and 32 emeriti trustees. Twenty-seven trustees are RIT alumni.