What a week it has been for RIT and University News!
The RIT community learned Monday who will become the campus’ ninth president this summer when President Albert Simone retires after 15 years at the university’s helm.
In University News, we learned about the Board of Trustees’ decision to select William Destler as RIT’s next president modestly earlier than others did—but, believe it or not, it wasn’t all that much sooner.
To some in the standing-room-only crowd in the Golisano College auditorium, it may have seemed as though we had the scoop a lot earlier. After all, they held in their hands our News & Events “Special Edition” announcing Destler’s selection. But the special issue was possible only due to planning and hard work that began weeks earlier.
As Vienna conveyed in her Wednesday blog post, let’s just say that we were prepared for any eventual outcome—particularly once we learned the names of the two finalists for the position. That’s when things really got rolling, and it’s truly gratifying to us that we pulled it off so well.
In addition to distributing the “Special Edition” at the March 5 news conference, all employees received copies in their internal mailboxes the same day (which was no small feat). The “Special Edition” also was available online before the start of the noon news conference, and it’s wrapped around the regular March 8 issue that’s now available in distribution boxes across campus.
Though News & Events was “hot off the presses” the day the news broke, visitors to the University News Web site and The Tiger Beat Blog, along with Dateline: RIT e-newsletter subscribers, were among the first to read the news. Also, Board of Trustees Chairman Michael Morley’s full statement announcing Destler’s selection was—and still is—available exclusively on this blog.
Coverage continues on the University News site:
â€¢ Read news releases and News & Events stories
â€¢ Watch video coverage of the March 5 news conference
â€¢ Listen to an audio podcast of the news conference (which was available on the same day as the event)
â€¢ Listen to a wrap up of coverage on “Dateline: RIT – The Podcast”
â€¢ See a gallery of photos of Destler’s recent RIT visits and the news conference
â€¢ Read news media coverage of Destler’s appointment
As late as around 9 a.m. Monday, the news conference was not a certainty due to complications surrounding the video feed from Maryland—which Bob Finnerty spent much of Saturday and Sunday arranging. Kudos to Bob for making it happen, to John for his strong advocacy for it, and to Paul, Vienna, photographer Sue Weisler, designer Pete Bella and our entire team for tremendous effort. Considering all that could’ve gone wrong, Monday’s event was an amazing success all the way around.
Yes, what a week it has been!