Deborah Stendardi has served RIT since 1979, originally joining RIT as director of Government and Community Affairs. Since, she has been promoted to interim vice president, associate vice president and now vice president.
Prior to joining RIT, she served in a variety of positions for six years with the Commission on Independent Colleges and Universities in Albany.
In addition to her RIT responsibilities, Stendardi is very active in the Rochester community, serving in a number of volunteer and leadership roles for the United Way, Greater Rochester Metro Chamber of Commerce and other organizations. She received the Miller Award given by United Way to the outstanding campaign coordinator of the year in 1996.
Stendardi holds a bachelor's degree from the State University of New York at Cortland and a master's from SUNY Albany