RIT bid a fond farewell to retiring President Bill Destler and his spouse, Rebecca Johnson, in part by announcing $3.6 million in donations raised in their honor.
“Trustees, President’s Roundtable members, members of your RIT leadership team, alumni, parents, community members and many, many others have stepped forward to make gifts in honor of your leadership,” Greg Westbrook, an RIT alumnus who serves on the roundtable, told nearly 600 people gathered Saturday on campus for a gala dinner to honor the couple. “Donors far and wide have demonstrated their gratitude by supporting programs that serve your personal passions.”
Westbrook, who graduated from RIT in 1981, was joined by RIT Trustee Jeff Harris, a 1975 graduate, in announcing:
“Rebecca and I are deeply moved by the generosity of so many,” Destler said. “Our 10 years at RIT have been so rewarding and this honor is a shining capstone for us. RIT will always hold a very special place in our hearts and in our lives.”
In May, the university also unveiled the “Destler-Johnson Quad,” a plaza on the west side of campus in the couple’s honor.
“It’s been a grand 10 years,” added Johnson. “We’re very much invested in the Rochester community, and we’re looking forward to our next adventure and to staying involved in the community.”