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Dr. James Watters is Senior Vice President of Finance and Administration and Treasurer. He oversees the activity of over 880 full-time employees and 1,500 student workers. He is responsible for administering the university’s annual $1.1 billion operating budget and $337 million capital budget; $1.6 billion endowment and working capital portfolios; and $400 million public debt portfolio. Dr. Watters is responsible for the departments within the Division of Finance and Administration. 

He is vice chair of RIT’s Global Delivery Corporation which overseas RIT’s international campuses located in Zagreb and Dubrovnik, Croatia; Pristina, Kosovo; Dubai; and China. He holds the position of chairman of the RIT Croatia Board of Trustees and trustee for RIT Dubai’s Board of Trustees.

Dr. Watters serves on several non-profit and for-profit boards, including the New York Kitchen, Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra, Broadstone Net Lease Board of Directors, and Canandaigua National Bank Board of Directors.

Dr. Watters came to RIT from the University of Pittsburgh, where he spent his academic and previous professional years and earned a BS, MS, and Ph.D.

University Leadership

President’s Roundtable was formed in 2001 to provide a means by which RIT’s executive leadership and the President can benefit from the advice and counsel of a select group of RIT’s most successful alumni and friends. Participation in the Roundtable is by invitation. 

Dr. Watters is a member of the President's Leadership team. Learn more >

RIT Venture Fund provides investment capital and guidance to entrepreneurial ventures with a strong connection to the RIT community. Dr. Watters is the fund's Chief Investment Officer. Learn more >

Dr. Watters is a member of the University Council. The University Council is an integral part of the shared governance model of leadership at RIT. Learn more >

Campus Aesthetics Committee

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The architecture of RIT is characterized by a high degree of recognized design excellence, and was purposefully designed in a consistent vocabulary of architectural form.

It is imperative that any proposal to change or add to the campus environment be subject to close analysis and regulation.

It is the role of the Campus Aesthetics Committee to fulfill this responsibility in an advisory role to the Senior Vice President of Finance and Administration.

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James Watters
Senior Vice President and Treasurer

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Senior Vice President for Finance & Administration
5 Lomb Memorial Drive
Rochester, NY 14623

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