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A message from the president

Dear alumni and friends,
We are delighted to welcome you back to the pages of The University Magazine at this very special time in the life of RIT. So many elements come together today to place RIT on the very brink of greatness.

President Albert Simone, left, and Campaign Chair Bill Buckingham '64 (business administration)

In September, RIT officially opened the Gordon Field House and Activities Center. After the celebration, Bob Gordon remarked that those who were present may well remember this as the beginning of the “new RIT.” We like to think that Bob is absolutely right. This new jewel in RIT’s crown is dedicated to students, and a place where students, faculty and staff can come together outside the classroom. It is, indeed, all about a new RIT.

In addition, we have just completed a year-long strategic planning process that will guide so much of what we do in the coming decade. With full participation of the entire RIT family, this report outlines the RIT of the future.

But the engine that drives so much of what we will do is The Campaign for RIT. We are well over the $200 million mark as we write. With a little less than two years to go, now is the time we must focus on the successful completion of the campaign.

Increasing the endowment is one of the primary goals of the campaign, as is increasing the number of alumni donors. At this point, only 11 percent of total giving to the campaign has come from alumni. If RIT is to become a “category of one” university, its alumni must step up and declare that the education they received here is one they want to be available to future generations. Please consider joining the 17,132 alumni who already have made a gift.


Albert J. Simone

William Buckingham '64
Campaign Chair