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President Emeritus


Last Dance: RIT President Albert J. Simone walks of the dance floor with his wife, Carolie, at the couple's retirement gala in June 2007. Simone, who served RIT for 15 years, remains active at President Emeritus.

Simone Gala: President Simone acknowledges the crowd at a community gala for his retirement on June 16th, 2007 in the Gordon Field House. Nearly 1,000 well-wishers attended the event, which also raised money for the Albert J. Simone Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship.

An Unforgettable Weekend: The RIT community marked a milestone as the university celebrated its 122nd annual commencement May 25-26, 2007 and surpassed 100,000 alumni with the Class of 2007. President Bill Clinton was the keynote speaker; while Dr. Simone celebrated his last graduation as president.

Corporate Challenge: For the third straight year, RIT played host to the JP Morgan Chase Corporate Challenge. More than 9,400 runners flocked to campus. Here, President Simone starts his race with event organizer Peter Haggerty of NTID. Simone finished the 3.5-mile race in 34 minutes.

Retirement Announcement: On May 17, 2006, President Simone announced in a news conference that he would be retiring from RIT in mid-2007. He joined RIT in 1992 and has served in higher education for nearly 50 years. Here, he jokes with Student Government President James Macchiano.

Simone Wins National Leadership Award: Peter Harkness, Editor and Publisher, Governing Magazine, and vice-chairman of Partners for Livable Communities, presents President Simone with the Entrepreneurial American Leadership Award. The award from Partners for Livable Communities, recognizes Simone’s leadership at RIT, promotion of equity and diversity, and outstanding community involvement in Rochester.

And the Telly Goes to....RIT: Film and Animation Professor Malcolm Spaull presents President with a Telly Award. RIT 175, a film co-produced by RIT and WXXI Public Broadcasting, was honored with a Telly, a national competition that recognizes excellence in video and film productions. RIT 175: Rochester and its Institute chronicles the origin of RIT and traces its history to the present in celebration of the university’s 175th anniversary. The film received a Silver Telly award (top honors) in the “History/ Documentary” category and a Bronze Telly award in the “Use of Animation” category.

Greeting President Clinton: President Simone greets President Clinton to RIT. The former president was the guest of B. Thomas Golisano, RIT trustee and founder of RIT's B. Thomas Golisano College of Computing and Information Sciences. Clinton toured the college before speaking to more than 150 RIT students, faculty, staff and invited guests.

Presidential briefing on computing: President Clinton learned about RIT’s computing prowess from President Simone and Dean Jorge Diaz-Herrera. B. Thomas Golisano, the college’s namesake, listens in.

Tiger Hockey Fan: President Clinton checks out his RIT hat and hockey jersey after his presentation at B. Thomas Golisano College of Computing and Information Sciences.

Top Tiger: President Simone celebrates to start of Division I hockey at RIT. The Tigers’ first home game was Oct. 22, 2005 against Canisius.

Hockey Begins Division I Era: President Simone helps drop the ceremonial puck at the Tigers’ first home game in the Division I era, Oct. 22, 2005. Also pictured: Student Government President James Macchiano; Gump Whiteside, former player on RIT’s two national championship teams; Marc Hyman, Tigers caption; and a Canisius player.

Undefeated, 50-year anniversary: Members of the undefeated 1955-56 RIT Basketball team gathered at Clark Gym as part of their 50th Reunion. The team presented the ball from their final game of that season to President Simone at half time of the RIT vs. York Basketball game.

Biker Boy: RIT Student Government organized a campus parade for the Institute's 175th Anniversary. Here, President Simone hams it up with his leather and orange bandana. He hopes to "graduate" to a Harley.

Honoring Retirees: The president is flanked by Earl Fuller and Mary Sullivan, who were honored at the 2005 RITiree picnic. Combined, the two had nearly 80 years of experience at RIT.

Sullivan, who retired in 2002, served as the dean of College of Liberal Arts from 1977 to 1987, and chaired the Academic Senate from 1996 to 1999. Fuller, a 1995 retiree, started coaching wrestling and golf in 1947. He was inducted into RIT's Sports Hall of Fame in 1979 and won an Eisenhart Teaching Award in 1983.

Honoring a Legend: Honoring a Rochester legend: President Simone presents TV anchorman Don Alhart with a sculpture for his years of service on WHAM-TV and as a master of ceremonies at many local events. The glass microphone was created by Steve Leetch, a graduate student in RIT¹s School for American Crafts.

Awarding a Founder: Former RIT President M. Richard Rose (Far right) and his wife, Clarice, are presented with RIT's prestigious Founders Award. Joining them for the tribute are President Albert Simone (far left) and Trustee Richard Eisenhart (second from right). Dr. Rose served as RIT president from 1979-1992. The Roses will be remembered for leading RIT through a period of unprecedented growth, advancing RIT's reputation as one of the leading technical universities in the nation. New programs in microelectronic engineering, telecommunications computer engineering, imaging science and biotechnology were begun under President Rose's tenure. The Founders Award has been presented to 16 individuals since it was established in 1934.

Broomball Breakaway: RIT President Al Simone attempts to breakaway from the pack in the annual broomball game featuring the president's team vs. Student Government. The exhibition, played in between periods of the RIT-Oswego men's hockey game, ended in a scoreless tie.

Tiger Hockey goes Division 1: Tim Dillon of the Atlantic Hockey Association and President Simone take questions from reporters at a Dec. 15th news conference. RIT announced it was moving its nationally recognized Division III hockey team to Division I, joining Atlantic Hockey.

The Final Mile: On Nov. 17, 2004, 18 RIT cross-country runners began a Coast-to-Coast run from San Diego, Calif. to Annapolis, Md. The run, commemorating RIT's 175th anniversary, covered 2,730 miles. It was the same coast-to-coast run made by RIT runners in 1979, to highlight RIT's 150th anniversary. Here, President Simone leads the team on campus for the ceremonial final mile.

Kanazawa Signing Ceremony: President Simone and Ken-ichi Ishikawa of Kanazawa Institute of Technology (KIT) in Japan during a signing ceremony at Liberty Hill on Dec. 7, 2004. RIT and KIT renewed a student exchange agreement. The KIT exchange program is an intensive science and technology program in Japanese. Designed specifically for students with backgrounds in science, engineering and technology, the program offers courses in Japanese Communication I and II, Japanese for Science and Technology I and II, Academic Japanese, and Japanese Language & Society, for a total of eight credits.

Trophy Time: New York State Senator Joe Robach receives a first-place softball trophy from President Albert Simone. Simone captioned the President's Team to another championship in the annual campus softball tournament. Other members of the championship team included SUNY Chancellor Robert King, Assemblyman Joe Morelle and several RIT alumni.

Hunter's Hope: Rochester's second annual Hunter's Hope Candlelight Ball was hosted by RIT. President Simone chaired the gala. The event raised about $100,000 to fight Krabbe disease and other leukodystrophies. Here, President Simone is presented with a jersey from Hall-of-Fame quarterback Jim Kelly and his wife, Jill. The Kelly's son, Hunter, is fighting Krabbe disease.

Simone Wins Rotary Award: Robert Reel, president of the Rochester Rotary Club presents RIT President Albert J. Simone with the 68th Rotary Award June 1 at the Hyatt Regency. Reflecting the Rotary's motto, ‘Service Above Self,’ Simone has made significant contributions to the business, professional, cultural, and civic life of the greater Rochester community and beyond.

Xerox-RIT Partnership: Anne Mulcahy, chairman and CEO of Xerox Corp., presents President Simone with check prior to the 2003 Commencement ceremony. Xerox awarded RIT a $2 million grant to help fund innovation in technology, encourage leadership development and to promote diversity.

Xerox Chief Visits Liberty Hill: President Simone hosted Xerox Chairman and CEO Anne Mulcahy at his Liberty Hill home prior to the 2004 Commencement ceremonies. Mulcahy and Simone are joined by RIT Trustee Nancy Fein (Right). Mulcahy gave the keynote address to graduates and received an honorary doctorate

The Xerox Legacy: RIT Trustee Catherine Carlson meets Xerox Chairman and CEO Anne Mulcahy at President Simone's Liberty Hill home. Carlson is the daughter of Chester Carlson, who invented the process called Xerography—the beginnings of the Fortune 500 company.

Hustle for Habitat: The RIT Running Club hosted the Hustle for Habitat 5K run on campus. Maureen Wood, club president, and President Simone discussed their strategy prior to the race. The event raised nearly $1,000 for the Flower City Habitat for Humanity. Photo by Vandana Chakravartty, RIT biotechnoology student.

John Roberts Visits RIT: John Roberts of the CBS Evening News, center, visits RIT's Semiconductor and Microsystems Fabrication Laboratory. Professor Bruce Smith and President Simone gave Roberts an overview of RIT's groundbreaking research in nanotechnology. Roberts is CBS' chief White House correspondent.

Simones Honored at Annual Gala: Albert and Carolie Simone are this year's recipients of the Catholic Family Center Award. Honored at the center's 12th annual St. Patrick's Day Charity Gala on March 12, the award is presented to individuals who show an exemplary spirit of devotion to the many human service organizations in the Rochester area.

RIT's Defense Program: US Senator Charles Schumer tours RIT's defense modernization and readiness program. Here, Schumer learned about RIT's research on Navy planes. “American ingenuity is at work here, and RIT is on the cutting edge,” said the senator.

Kodak Quad Dedication: Daniel Carp '73 (MBA), Eastman Kodak chairman and CEO, joins President Simone in unveiling the newly constructed archway and grand staircase of the Eastman Kodak Quad. The area was formally dedicated Nov. 14, 2003 to commemorate the 100-year partnership between Kodak and RIT.

Isaac L. Jordan Sr. Faculty/Staff Pluralism Award: President Simone is the award's first recipient. Alfreda Brown, chair of RIT's Commission for Promoting Pluralism, presents Simone with the 2003 award, a sculpture created by RIT alumnus and faculty member Len Urso. The award was presented to Simone in recognition of his significant contributions in enhancing RIT's diversity.

Students Get a Ride to Class: RIT President Albert Simone offers students a ride to class in the 'Presidential Golf Cart' on the first day of classes, Sept. 8. Driving is Robin Diana, associate director of student transition and support, orientation and the First Year Enrichment program.

Rather at Liberty Hill: Dan Rather, CBS Evening News anchorman and managing editor, paid a visit to Liberty Hill, home of President Simone and his wife, Carolie, in April 2003.

Can I Have Your Autograph, Dan?: Dan Rather autographs his book for President Simone. The CBS anchorman visited Liberty Hill, the president's home, in April 2003. Just 72 hours prior to his RIT visit, Rather was covering the war with Iraq in Baghdad.

RIT's Leadership: President Simone meets with RIT Leadership. From left: Dave Edborg, Staff Council president; Joyce Hertzson, Academic Senate chair; Alfreda Brown, chair of the Commission for Promoting Pluralism.

Let the Field House Begin: President Simone is joined by RIT dignitaries and students at the groundbreaking ceremony of the new Gordon Field House and Activities Center. The Field House will open in the spring of 2004.

Thank You, Mr. and Mrs. Gordon: At a groundbreaking ceremony in September, President Simone announced that RIT's Field House and Activities Center will be named for Marie and Lucius Gordon, longtime supporters of the university.

Printing Partners: RIT's print media program entered a new era of excellence with the opening of the Heidelberg Web Press Laboratory in April 2003. Heidelberg chairman Bernhard Schreier, here with President Simone, says his company is proud to support RIT. He notes that the school plays a vital role in the graphic arts industry worldwide with thousands of graduates holding leadership positions with printers and suppliers.

Lethal Educator: Actor Danny Glover paid a visit to RIT and President Simone in 2002 to discuss Project Lead the Way. Project Lead The Way aims to introduce pre-college students to engineering and technology studies and to better prepare them for college and careers.

Amo Visits RIT: Congressman Amo Houghton began representing RIT in 2002, after new congressional districts were drawn following the 2000 Census. The Republican from Corning toured the National Technical Institute for the Deaf, the Kate Gleason College of Engineering Microsystems lab and the Center for Integrated Manufacturing Studies.

Storybook Time: President Simone reads a book to children in Margaret's House, RIT's early childhood program.

Magical Meeting: President Simone greets NBA Hall-of-Famer Magic Johnson to campus during Brick City Festival 2002. Student Government President Erick Littleford, center, was instrumental in bringing Johnson to campus.

Graduation Memories: President Simone's favorite time of year is commencement. Here, he is addressing the Class of 2003 while also using American Sign Language.

Surf's Up in Nova Scotia: President Simone spends some vacation time with his daughter, Laura Rogers, surfing the Atlantic in Nova Scotia. A bit chilly? Perhaps President Simone learned to surf when he was president of the University of Hawaii. Laura is the youngest of President Simone's four children. He and Carolie have five grandchildren.

Tenet Addresses Graduates: CIA Director George Tenet delivered the 2002 commencement address to RIT graduates. He also received an honorary doctorate degree.

Yankee Skipper Visit: New York Yankees Manager Joe Torre spoke to students in 1999. President Simone was a gracious host, despite being a lifelong Boston Red Sox fan.

General Simone: President Simone got a ride in a light armored vehicle. The military vehicles are on campus as part of defense project being done by RIT's Center for Integrated Manufacturing Studies.

The Natural: President Simone is an avid stickball player. Each year, he organizes a stickball tournament during the annual staff appreciation picnic.

Stickball Champs: President Simone's team prevailed in the 2003 stickball tournament. Team members, from left to right: Scott Sylvester, RIT graduate student; Scott's brother, Chris; Laura Watts, co-op education and career services; Rob Grow, RIT baseball coach; United Way President Joe Calabrese; President Simone; Frank Lamas, associate vice president of student affairs.