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William Destler photograph collection

 Collection — Box: 1, Folder: 1-5
Identifier: RITArc-0679

Scope and Contents

The images in the William Destler photograph collection span twelve years, beginning before Destler was president of RIT. Early photographs were taken on trips Destler took overseas in 2001. Images taken during Destler's time at RIT are a mix of candid snapshots at public events, portraits, and prints given as gifts to President Destler. Among the gifts or mementos are photographs of Destler with former U.S. President Bill Clinton (signed), Destler with with former New York Senator and U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton (signed), a group of RIT students and their Baja SAE vehicles, and a photo collage from Donald R. Pettit (signed). The portraits of Destler were taken by students, and one includes a note of thanks to Destler for participating in their project.

Also included in this collection are two diary books from 1992 and 1994. These books include early photographs of Destler as well as notes from colleagues at the time of various job changes.


  • Creation: 1992-2017


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.


5 Folder(s)




The William Destler photograph collection contains snapshots and portraits of and for former RIT president William Destler.


Photographs are arranged into five series: portraits and individual photos, groups, Destler's trips, candids, and miscellaneous.

Other Finding Aids

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

William Destler photograph collection

Immediate Source of Acquisition

This collection was donated to RIT Archive Collections by the Office of the President in June 2017. Accession number(s): 2017:037

Processing Information

Finding aid created by Ella von Holtum in July 2017.

William Destler photograph collection
Ella von Holtum
1 August 2017
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Repository Details

Part of the RIT Archives Repository

Rochester NY 14623 USA