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RIT President Albert J. Simone papers

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: RITArc-0176

Scope and Contents

Dr. Albert J. Simone was the eighth president of the Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT), serving from 1992-2007. The collection includes speeches, papers, and articles written by and about Dr. Simone during his tenure as President of RIT. Additionally there are committee reports, strategic planning documents, and program reviews and proposals.


  • Creation: 1987-2004


Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open to researchers.

Biographical / Historical

Albert Joseph Simone (1935- ) was born on December 16, 1935 in Boston, MA to Edward and Mary (née DiGiovanni) Simone. After graduating from Tufts University in 1957 with his B.A. in economics, Simone earned his Ph.D. from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1962. He taught at several Boston area colleges including Tufts University, Boston College, and Northeastern University. From 1968-1972 Simone served as the head of the Department of Quantitative Analysis in the College of Business Administration at the University of Cincinnati and we promoted to Dean in 1972. He continued to work in this position until he was named the Vice President of Academic Affairs position at the University of Hawaii, Honolulu. Then, in 1985 he was chosen to serve as president of the University of Hawaii system. Simone became the eighth president of the Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) in 1992.

During his time at RIT, Simone not only served the university community, but was involved the Rochester area as well. For instance, he served as chair of the Greater Rochester Metro Chamber of Commerce. To show his dedicated to the university, Simone learned how to sign his inaugural address using American Sign Language through private tutoring. The National Technical Institute for the Deaf, the country's largest technical college for the deaf and hard of hearing, is part of the Rochester Institute of Technology. Simone was also the first American university president to officially visit North Korea and Vietnam during his tenure. He retired from RIT in 2007 and was succeeded by William W. Destler.


5.3 Linear Feet (6 file boxes)




Professional papers of Albert J. Simone. Simone was the eighth president of the Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT), serving from 1992-2007. The collection includes speeches and papers written by Dr. Simone, articles written about Dr. Simone, and remarks written during his tenure as President of RIT.


Each box is arranged in date order.

Physical Location

C.S. Mid-Range, Shelf 183, 190-191

Other Finding Aids

In addition to this finding aid, an inventory is available below. For more information, please contact the RIT Archive Collections.

Albert J. Simone papers

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Collection of papers was deposited with the RIT Archives in 2007 by the RIT Office of the President. Accession number: 2007:063

Processing Information

Finding aid created by Lara Nicosia in June 2011.

Albert J. Simone papers
RIT Archives
Lara Nicosia
06 June 2011
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Repository Details

Part of the RIT Archives Repository

Rochester NY 14623 USA