Photo Gallery

Bill Nye, well-known scientist, environmental advocate and TV personality, offered up the keynote address at the 2012 Academic Convocation. President Bill Destler is at left and RIT Provost Jeremy Provost is standing to the right.

President Destler uses American Sign Language during his speech to graduates at the 2012 Academic Convocation. RIT is home to the National Technical Institute for the Deaf.

President Destler races his electric bike during the “Electric Vehicle Challenge” at Imagine RIT: Innovation and Creativity Festival. The festival draws more than 30,000 visitors each May.

President Destler shows off his Chevy Volt, an electric car, to a festivalgoer at Imagine RIT: Innovation and Creativity Festival. Nearly 32,000 visitors attended the fourth annual event.

U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer visits an exhibit with President Destler at Imagine RIT: Innovation and Creativity Festival. More than 350 exhibits were in display in 2011, involving 2,700 exhibitors.

President Destler leads federal, state and local dignitaries in the groundbreaking ceremony for the Golisano Institute of Sustainability. The building will serve as a center for sustainability research, technology transfer, education and outreach and will provide a showcase for green construction and design.

New York Lt. Governor Bob Duffy (’93 multidisciplinary studies) with President Destler at the groundbreaking ceremony for the Golisano Institute of Sustainability. Sandy Parker, a member of the RIT Board of Trustees and president and CEO, Rochester Business Alliance, is at right.

President Destler (far left) poses with the 2011 Undergraduate Scholars with Provost Jeremy Haefner.

Nikki Giovanni (right), one of America’s best known and widely-read poets, gave the keynote address at the 2011 Martin Luther King Jr. Day event at RIT. Here, she signs a book for Rebecca Johnson.

President Destler and his wife, Rebecca Johnson, pose with the first class of Rochester City Scholars at a ceremony at Liberty Hill, home to the RIT president. Destler and Johnson help fund the scholarship program, than included 27 students enrolled in the freshmen class.

It’s an RIT tradition for the president to use American Sign Language when delivering the Commencement Address to graduates.

Bill Imagine 2010: President Destler shares a laugh with a festivalgoer at the 2010 Imagine RIT: Innovation and Creativity Festival. More than 32,000 visitors attended the festival.

The internationally renowned social communication research center for Benetton Group‹known as Fabrica‹is now an educational partner with the Vignelli Center for Design Studies at RIT. This new link expands the scope of the university¹s award-winning design programs in RIT¹s School of Design.

Luciano Benetton, chairman of the Benetton Group, which includes the iconic Benetton clothing company, is a major supporter of the exchange program. This photo was taken outside of Benetton Group Headquarters in Treviso, Italy. From left to right: R. Roger Remington, RIT¹s Vignelli Distinguished Professor of Design; Laura Pollini, CEO of Fabrica; Bill Destler, RIT president; and Luciano Benetton. Benetton is holding a glass piece made by retired School for American Crafts professor Michael Taylor.

President Destler sits with Mark Clement, President and CEO of Rochester General Health System during a December 2009 "Progress Report" to the community. In 2008, RIT and RGHS created a strategic alliance. For more on the alliance, visit:

President Destler mingles with a crowd of more than 25,000 at the second annual Imagine RIT Festival on May 2, 2009. Imagine RIT showcased nearly 2,000 exhibitors from students, faculty and staff.

"Imagine RIT was simply magnificent for RIT and the greater Rochester community," said Destler. "It was exciting to see the ingenuity used in all the exhibits and activities. Visitors who explored campus discovered what happens when you unlock your imagination." For more on the festival, visit:

President Destler's 'Green Vehicle Challenge' kicked off the 2009 Imagine RIT Festival. The president issued his challenge to the RIT community as a way to encourage students, faculty and staff members to begin thinking about ways to utilize alternative forms of energy. The challenge participants competed to see which vehicle could complete a 3-mile loop around campus while expending the least amount of energy.

President Destler announced on Dec. 18, 2008 that RIT has entered into a strategic alliance with Rochester General Health System. An agreement between the two institutions will include RIT becoming the health system¹s official academic affiliate and RGHS becoming the university's official affiliated medical center. The partnership will add capabilities and provide opportunities for both organizations.

President Destler reads a book to the youngsters at Margaret's House, RIT's child care center.

RIT opened up a campus in Dubai, United Arab Emirates in the summer of 2008. Here, President Destler signs the official agreement to launch RIT Dubai.

President Destler led a delegation of RIT leaders in Japan in December 2008. Pictured here are Destler, Alan Hurwitz, president of the National Technical Institute for the Deaf; James DeCaro, director of NTID's Postsecondary Education Network (PEN) International; Lisa Cauda, RIT vice president for development and alumni relations, and officials from Tsukuba College of Technology/Tianjin Technical College for the Deaf.

President Destler stands above RIT's campus (The American College of Management and Technology) in Dubrovnik, Croatia.

Academic Convocation 2008 slide show. View the slide show.

Imagine RIT 2008 slide show. View the slide show.

Audio slide show of presidential inauguration (by Elizabeth Lamark ‘00, visual resources manager, RIT Educational Technology Center). View the audio slide show

Nabil Nasr, director of RIT’s Center for Integrated Manufacturing Studies, shows equipment to President Destler and Deborah Stendardi, vice president of Government and Community Relations.

President Destler speaks to faculty, staff and students during his opening address to the campus, Aug. 30, 2007, in Gordon Field House and Activities Center.

President Destler tours RIT’s Center for Bioscience Education and Technology with New York State Senate Majority Leader Joseph Bruno (center), state senators Joe Robach (far left) and Jim Alesi (second from left) and center director Douglas Merrill (far right).

President Destler and his wife, Rebecca Johnson, are taught sign language at their home at Liberty Hill.

Dominican Republic President Leonel Antonio Fernandez Reyna and his wife, First Lady Margarita Cedeno de Fernandez, with President Destler during their Sept. 28, 2007, visit to RIT.

Dr. Richard Rose, RIT’s seventh president, chats with President Destler in the president’s office on the seventh floor of the Eastman Building.

President Destler helps incoming freshmen move into their residence hall rooms, Aug. 26, 2007, during Orientation Week.

Incoming RIT President Bill Destler learns that he has "big shoes to fill" with the retirement of President Al Simone. Destler performed this skit with RIT Board Chairman Mike Morley during Al and Carolie Simone's community tribute gala in June.

Incoming RIT President Bill Destler and his wife, Rebecca Johnson, are greeted by Carolie Simone. Retiring RIT President Al Simone plays with RIT mascot RITchie at the Simones community tribute gala in June.