Rochester Institute of Technology’s College of Imaging Arts and Sciences has named print industry veteran Chris Bondy to the Gannett Distinguished Professorship and appointed him as interim administrative chair of RIT’s School of Print Media.
Bondy most recently served as principal at Quest Consulting Solutions. In addition, he acted as group director of cross-media workflow solutions at InfoTrends, where he worked with technology vendors, print/marketing service providers and enterprise marketing executives on strategy and technology implementation planning.
“Chris brings more than 30 years of relevant and practical background to our leadership team,” says Lorraine Justice, dean of RIT’s College of Imaging Arts and Sciences. “He will be instrumental in reshaping programs for students and industry partners alike with his focus in cross-media graphic communications.”
“The graphic communications industry is in major transition,” explains Bondy. “Consumers and knowledge workers have modified the way that they communicate and our industry must respond to the change. I am excited to work with industry partners to equip the next generation of graphic communications professionals to drive the required transformation in our industry. RIT is the perfect place to lead this transformational effort.”
During his decades of industry experience, Bondy’s focus has included strategy implementation, business development, product planning, process reengineering and sales/marketing. Commercial printing enterprises, publishing and in-plant printing companies, and manufacturers of graphic arts and marketing communication products and services have all benefited from his expertise.
Bondy has held several other leadership positions over his career including chief technology officer for Direct Mail Holdings, where he conceptualized and launched several next-generation Web-services solutions for consumer photo memory products and digital asset management. He also standardized all information technology applications across the company by driving common use of key software solutions.
Bondy graduated from RIT in 2007 with a master’s degree in new product development. He also studied graphic design and mass communications at Ambassador College and received his bachelor’s degree in interdisciplinary studies at New York Institute of Technology with a concentration in business marketing, behavioral science and graphic design.
Note: Rochester Institute of Technology is internationally recognized for academic leadership in computing, engineering, imaging science, sustainability, and fine and applied arts, in addition to unparalleled support services for deaf and hard-of-hearing students. RIT enrolls 17,500 full- and part-time students in more than 200 career-oriented and professional programs, and its cooperative education program is one of the oldest and largest in the nation.
RIT’s School of Print Media, considered among the best of its kind in the world, offers an undergraduate program in media arts and technology and a graduate program in print media.
For more than 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 2012 edition of The Best 376 Colleges as well as its Guide to 311 Green Colleges. The Fiske Guide to Colleges 2012 names RIT as a “Best Buy,” and The Chronicle of Higher Education recognizes RIT among the “Great Colleges to Work For 2011.”