RIT’s Nathaniel Rochester Society has given its highest honor to B. Thomas Golisano, founder and chairman of Paychex Inc., owner of the National Hockey League’s Buffalo Sabres and a member of the RIT Board of Trustees. The 2010 NRS Award was presented July 8 during a ceremony at RIT’s new Campus Center. The annual honor recognizes individuals who have contributed to the university’s advancement in an outstanding and significant manner.
Golisano has served as an RIT trustee since 1998. In 2001, he made a $14 million gift to the university to launch the B. Thomas Golisano College of Computing and Information Sciences, which became RIT’s eighth college. It is now the largest comprehensive computing college in the country, educating more than 3,000 students in undergraduate and graduate degree programs, including a doctorate in computing and information sciences.
In 2007, Golisano committed an additional $10 million to create the Golisano Institute for Sustainability at RIT. The institute is among the first of its kind in the nation, focusing education and research in areas such as sustainable design, pollution prevention, remanufacturing and alternative energy development.
According to the B. Thomas Golisano Foundation, Golisano has contributed more than $145 million in philanthropic gifts to non-profit service organizations, colleges and universities, and hospitals in upstate New York and Florida during a period of just over a decade.
The mission of the Nathaniel Rochester Society is to develop friends and ambassadors to promote and support RIT. The NRS Award, established in 1972, has been permanently endowed through the generous gift of Mr. and Mrs. Marcus N. Barbour, charter members of the society.