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RIT Four Presidents Award records

 Collection — Box-Folder: 783
Identifier: RITArc-0489

Scope and Contents

The Four Presidents Award records contains an original copy of the first award certificate (awarded to Dr. Fred Smith), award nomination forms, and articles from RIT’s University Magazine that provide award information up to 2005 and the 2018 program and invitation.


  • Creation: 2003-2005


Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open to researchers.

Historical Information: Four Presidents Award

Alfred Davis is a retired faculty member and former vice president who has been associated with RIT for over 65 years. His inspiration for the idea of the award came to him from CIA Director George Tenet’s call for public service during his commencement address in the spring of 2002. Davis served the community with four RIT presidents: Mark Ellingson, Paul Miller, Richard Rose, and Albert Simone. The Four Presidents Award is given annually to a faculty or staff member of RIT whose public service and commitment mirrors that of the four presidents. The recipient can designate their award endowment to a beneficiary of their choice. The first recipient of the award was Dr. Fred Smith, who began his service at RIT in 1971 and has played an active role in many Rochester organizations.


1 Folder(s) (One folder located in a document box.)




This collection contains the records of the Four Presidents Award. The award came to be after Alfred Davis came up with the idea of an annual award to be given to a faculty or staff member of RIT whose public service and commitment mirrors that of the four presidents. These records contain documents pertaining to the development of the award and names of recipients of the Four Presidents Award.


These records are arranged in chronological order.

Physical Location

C.S. South, Shelf 783, Box 3a

Processing Information

Finding aid created by Allison Thompson in January 2014.

RIT Four Presidents Award records
RIT Archives
Allison Thompson
10 January 2014
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Repository Details

Part of the RIT Archives Repository

Rochester NY 14623 USA