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A message from President Simone

“RIT will lead higher education in preparing students for successful careers in a global society.”

We’ve crafted an innovative Strategic Plan with a new vision statement. The Board of Trustees adopted the new plan in July and I wanted to share with you some of the highlights of the document that will serve as our compass for the next decade.

Albert J. Simone

Our goal is to move RIT to a “Category-of-One University.” A Category-of-One University creates a distinctive category and strives to become the leader in this class. RIT will stand alone in the eyes of its constituents. For students, parents and employers who seek what RIT is and what RIT does, RIT will be the standard of comparison to which others aspire.

Ten years from now, universities such as MIT will continue to be leaders in research and Harvard will remain the leader among traditional universities. Yet in the third category of career-focused universities, RIT will lead the way because of its focus on experiential learning for our students. Prospective students and partners in industry will select RIT because of our many attributes that differentiate us from the pack. We’ve listed 19 attributes in the plan that we believe are keys to RIT’s success. Among these are cooperative education, entrepreneurship, global orientation, diversity, and service to society.

Our new mission statement, in part, says RIT will provide technology-based educational programs for personal and professional development. Teaching, learning, scholarship, leadership development and student success are our central enterprises, while we rigorously pursue new career areas.

I invite you to review the Strategic Plan for yourself. We are starting the implementation phase. Priorities will be set for the goals, objectives and action steps and we will measure our progress. RIT’s culture, leadership and energy will propel us to a Category-of-One University.

At RIT, we not only like to work hard, but we also play hard. We’ve had a tremendous start to our 175th anniversary celebration, which will continue through the 2004-2005 academic year. The celebration kicked off in our new Gordon Field House and Activities Center with commencement ceremonies featuring Anne Mulcahy, chairman and CEO of Xerox Corp. Ms. Mulcahy delivered the commencement address to graduates and we announced that RIT and Xerox are enhancing our 50-year-old partnership with a $2 million grant from the Document Company (see page 2).

I urge you to take advantage of many of the upcoming activities planned during our anniversary year. To learn more, visit www.rit.edu/175. Please accept my invitation to celebrate with us Oct. 21-24 at our seventh annual Brick City Festival, which incorporates Alumni Weekend, Family Weekend and many reunions. Here, you can reconnect with old friends and see for yourself how much the campus has matured.

Cordially yours,

Albert J. Simone
President