Donald Boyce to lead RIT Board of Trustees

Genesee County native, former IDEX CEO, will lead board for three years

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Rochester Institute of Technology alumnus Donald N. Boyce ’67 (business administration) will serve a three-year term as the new chair of the RIT Board of Trustees. Boyce, a retired CEO of a manufacturing firm, is a native of Oakfield, Genesee County, and now resides in Lake Forest, Ill. He succeeds Michael P. Morley ’69 (business administration), a retired Eastman Kodak executive.

The new board chair knows he has a tough act to follow. “RIT has built a strong foundation and has experienced an impressive upward trajectory,” says Boyce. “But if it follows the strategic plan that was developed under Mike’s leadership, RIT will not only continue to provide an excellent education for students, but it will also rise even further in stature. We need to recognize the great strides that have been made while Mike was board chair, but he would be disappointed if we rested on our laurels.”

Prior to retiring in 2000, Boyce was chair and CEO of IDEX Corp., a diversified manufacturing firm known for developing the “Jaws of Life” rescue equipment. He has been a board member of numerous publicly traded companies and is currently director of Muller Water Products in Atlanta.

Boyce, a member of RIT’s Board of Trustees since 1999, becomes the fourth alumnus chair and 17th overall in the university’s history.

Boyce served as chair of the Presidential Search Committee, ultimately leading to the hiring of RIT President Bill Destler in 2007. He is a member of the Hospitality and Service Management National Advisory Board, and he assumed a leadership role in the Campaign for RIT, which concluded successfully in 2006.

Boyce is a recipient of RIT’s Outstanding Alumnus Award as well as the Distinguished Alumni Award for RIT’s College of Applied Science and Technology. In 2008, Boyce and his wife, Jeris, received RIT’s prestigious Nathaniel Rochester Society Award.

RIT also named two vice chairs at its fall meeting last week:

Brian H. Hall, ’78 (MBA), retired vice chairman, the Thomson Corp.
Christine Whitman, chair and CEO, Complemar Partners Inc

About RIT: Rochester Institute of Technology is internationally recognized for academic leadership in computing, engineering, imaging technology, and fine and applied arts, in addition to unparalleled access and support services for deaf and hard-of-hearing students. Nearly 17,000 full- and part-time students are enrolled in more than 200 career-oriented and professional programs at RIT, and its cooperative education program is one of the oldest and largest in the nation.

For two decades, U.S. News & World Report has ranked RIT among the nation’s leading comprehensive universities. RIT is featured in The Princeton Review’s 2009 edition of Best Colleges and in Barron’s Best Buys in Education. The Chronicle of Higher Education recognizes RIT as a “Great College to Work For.”