Albert J. Simone – President Emeritus – RIT
Dr. Simone's impact on creating an innovative, multidisciplinary environment, that allows both students and faculty to develop new technologies into viable businesses, was substantial. Hence the dedication of the Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship to his achievements at RIT over the years that he was in charge.
Dr. Albert J. Simone was a leader in higher education for nearly 50 years. He became president of Rochester Institute of Technology in 1992, serving the university for 15 years before retiring in 2007. Prior to becoming RIT¹s eighth president, Dr. Simone was president of the University of Hawaii System and chancellor of the University of Hawaii at Manoa for nine years. He served as dean of the College of Business Administration at the University of Cincinnati from 1972 to 1983.
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. He taught at Tufts, MIT, Northeastern University, Boston College, Boston University, University of Cincinnati, the University of Hawaii, and RIT.
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. He continues to serve RIT as president emeritus. For more on Dr. Simone, visit: http://www.rit.edu/president/simone/