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Presidental search group determines qualities sought in future leader

What personal characteristics are required of the next RIT president? What challenges and opportunities face the university in the next several years?

The Presidential Search Committee posed these questions to the RIT community during a series of forums this fall. The forums took place on campus as well as with alumni in several cities across the nation.
President Albert J. Simone announced in May that he will retire in mid-2007, after 15 years of outstanding service to RIT and nearly 50 years in higher education.

“Where do you want this institution to be? What kind of leader will get us there?” Donald Boyce ’67 (business administration), chair of the committee, asked at the forums. “We need your guidance and feedback.”

With the help of a Boston-based consulting firm (Isaacson, Miller), the search committee is now sorting through resumes of prospective candidates. The pool of candidates will be narrowed down this winter. Finalists will visit the RIT campus in the spring. The Board of Trustees will ultimately select the new president in the spring after receiving feedback from the RIT community.

To learn more about the search for RIT’s ninth president, visit the Presidential Search Web site: www.rit.edu/presidentialsearch.