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Collection on William Destler

 Collection — Box: 1
Identifier: RITArc-0279

Scope and Contents

The Collection on William Destler contains announcements, press releases, and invitations regarding the inauguration of Destler as the ninth president of RIT in 2007. Also included are memoranda sent to staff and promotional materials related to the annual Imagine RIT Festival. Destler instituted the Imagine RIT Festival in 2008. This campus-wide event showcases the innovative and creative spirit of RIT students, faculty and staff and allows visitors to experience the breadth and depth of RIT through interactive presentations, hands-on demonstrations, exhibitions, and research projects set up throughout campus.


  • Creation: 2007-2011

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open to researchers.

Biographical / Historical

Dr. William W. Destler became president of Rochester Institute of Technology on July 1, 2007. He is the ninth president in the university’s 182-year history. He was previously senior vice president for academic affairs and provost of the University of Maryland at College Park.

Under President Destler’s watch, RIT has been recognized as a leader in green initiatives (cited by the Sierra Club as one of America’s 100 Greenest Universities), recognized by The Chronicle of Higher Education’s “Great Colleges to Work For”, and become a hub of innovation and creativity. Visit RIT rankings and recognition for more information.

Dr. Destler serves on the American Council on Education's Commission on Effective Leadership and is a board member for the National Institute of Aerospace Foundation. He is a member of the board of directors for New York¹s Commission on Independent Colleges and Universities. He serves on the steering committee for the American College & University Presidents’ Climate Commitment. Dr. Destler serves on community boards in Rochester as well: Rochester General Health System, Greater Rochester Enterprise, Rochester Business Alliance, Golisano Family Foundation and High Tech of Rochester, and Torvec Inc.

Prior to RIT, Dr. Destler spent more than 30 years at the University of Maryland, rising from the ranks of research associate and assistant professor of electrical engineering to senior vice president and provost. At Maryland, he also served as electrical engineering department chair, dean of the A. James Clark School of Engineering, interim vice president for university advancement, vice president for research, and dean of the graduate school.

Dr. Destler is an international authority on high-power microwave sources and advanced accelerator concepts. He is best known for his pioneering work in the collective acceleration of heavy ions, achieving the highest energies to date by this method, and for his development of large orbit microwave devices, including large orbit gyrotrons and rotating beam free electron lasers. He has consulted for government agencies and private firms, received more than $40 million in grants and contracts, published more than 200 journal articles and book chapters, and presented many papers. Dr. Destler has also directed 18 master’s and doctoral student theses and earned awards for his teaching.

*Biography excerpted from: Retrieved November 4, 2011.


0.5 Linear Feet (1 Document box)




The Collection on William Destler includes memoranda, invitations, and promotional materials. Destler became RIT's ninth president in 2007.


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Processing Information

Finding aid created by Amy Vilz in November 2011. Updated in 2018.

Collection on William Destler
RIT Archives
Amy Vilz
04 November 2011
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Part of the RIT Archives Repository

Rochester NY 14623 USA