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Powered by the Future has achieved unprecedented success for an RIT campaign. We’re now celebrating the impact of this effort and the incredible generosity of our alumni and friends. The future for this great university is strong, and decades from now we will point to Powered by the Future as a success that changed the course of history for RIT.

Look for a full report on The Campaign for RIT in the winter issue of The University Magazine!

President SimoneValue beyond price

“In addition to the money raised, this campaign has raised our image and increased university spirit. I don’t know how you put a price on that.”

Albert J. Simone, president
Margaret BaileyNew endowed professorships: Seven

“I continue to teach and work with students in my academic areas, however through the support of the Kate Gleason Endowed Professorship, I’m also able to expand my efforts into the important area of increasing gender diversity within engineering.”

Margaret Bailey, P.E., Kate Gleason Endowed Chair

Warren HammondOver $90 million in new research initiatives

“The research I was able to do as an undergraduate at RIT was incredibly helpful. I became confident with a variety of lab equipment and techniques; I learned how to approach research, what questions to ask and how to get the answers. It gave me a much better idea of where I wanted to take my career.”

Warren Hammond ’04, biotechnology (at left in photo, with Maureen Ferran, assistant professor, virology, genetics and molecular biology)

Michael MorleyEndowment increase: $34 million

“As an alum, I think of RIT as my university. I want RIT to make changes in the future, continue to improve and continue to enhance its status. The endowment, and the income that comes from it, makes a tremendous difference. It will make the difference in RIT’s ability to compete against already strong peer universities.”

Michael Morley ’69, chair, RIT Board of Trustees
Gene PelusoNew campus structures: Nine structures added, for a total of $58 million

“As a result of RIT’s investment in athletic facilities – including the Gordon Field House and the turf field – our athletes are better prepared for competition on day one of the season. They practice in real-game environments, and can focus on the condition of the team, rather than the condition of the facilities.”

Gene Peluso, head coach, Men’s Lacrosse
New scholarships: 210

“I was the first person in my family to go to college. If it weren’t for scholarships, there was no feasible way for me to attend college, much less RIT.”

Chad Tucker ’04, College of Business
Culture of giving

“The value of the RIT degree is not static. It grows in direct proportion to the university’s reputation. And alumni participation contributes to that growth. It’s basic civics: The strength of the community depends on the time, talents, and resources of all its members.”

Brian O’Shaughnessy ’81, chair, RIT Alumni Network Board of Directors