National search underway for RIT’s 10th president

Search committee chair Hall says process will be inclusive and transparent, involving input from an array of university constituent groups, including alumni

Brian Hall

The search is underway for RIT’s 10th president.

“Under Bill Destler’s leadership, RIT is firmly positioned as a leading international university whose academic portfolio, research agenda and educational model are making an impact across the globe,” said Board of Trustees Chair Christine Whitman. “The RIT presidency will be an extremely attractive position to attain in the world of higher education.”

A Presidential Search Committee, led by Trustee and past Board Chair Brian Hall, has been formed with broad representation from across university constituencies. Isaacson, Miller, an executive search firm, will assist in guiding the process and identifying a strong pool of candidates. The search process will include receiving input from various constituent groups on the desired goals and leadership attributes for the next president. This includes seeking input from RIT alumni chapters across the nation.

“The process for selecting our next president will be inclusive and transparent while respecting the confidentiality of the candidates,” said Hall, who received an MBA from RIT in 1978. “We look forward to working with RIT’s vast networks of constituencies through this process.”

The Board of Trustees, with input from the RIT community, will ultimately select the new president in early 2017. The new president will begin July 1, 2017 after President Destler’s final day on June 30, 2017.

For more information, visit the presidential search website at Input and questions may also be directed to