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President Emeritus

Biography

Albert J. Simone piloted RIT through the greatest growth in the universityís modern history. Under his leadership as RITís 8th president (1992-2007), numerous academic programs were established in response to changing global needs and opportunities in areas of RITís strengths. He has positioned RIT as one of the leading national universities in professional and career-oriented education.

Today, Dr. Simone serves RIT as President Emeritus. He also serves as chairman of Greater Rochester Enterprise, a regional economic development organization, supporting business attraction and expansion, as well as entrepreneurship and innovation throughout Greater Rochester.

Prior to coming to RIT, Dr. Simone was president of the University of Hawaii System and chancellor of the University of Hawaii at Manoa for nine years. A native of Boston, Dr. Simone received his B.A. in economics from Tufts University and his Ph.D. in economics from Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Dr. Simone is the author of numerous books and articles, and has served on dozens of public and private boards over the years, chairing a number of them.

Here is a look back at Dr. Simoneís half century of leadership in higher education:

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