Albert J. Simone

Albert Joseph Simone (born December, 1935 in Boston, MA) is a former president of Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) and the University of Hawai'i System.

Simone earned his Bachelor of Arts in economics from Tufts in 1957, and his PhD in economics from MIT in 1962.

He served as dean of the College of Business Administration at the University of Cincinnati from 1972 to 1983.

After the retirement of Fujio Matsuda, Simone was both Chancellor of the University of Hawaii at Manoa and President of the University of Hawaii System from 1984 to 1992. As President at Manoa, Simone lobbied for greater independence from the Hawaiian legislature’s control in order to retain accreditation. During his tenure, UH Manoa consolidated departments, research institutes and federal cooperative programs from different parts of campus into the School of Ocean and Earth Sciences and Technology, a leading education and research resource.[1]

He became president of RIT on September 1, 1992, succeeding Thomas R. Plough.[2][3] His tenure at RIT saw additional PhD programs (in microsystems engineering, computing and information sciences, and color science) inaugurated and improvements made to RIT's athletic program (such as the construction of the Gordon Field House and Activities Center and the elevation of the men's hockey team to Division I).

He retired from RIT July 1, 2007, succeeded by William W. Destler.[4]

June 15, 2007 was proclaimed Albert J. Simone Day in Rochester and Monroe County.[5]

Simone served as a Class C director of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York from January 2000 to January 2003.

Albert Joseph Simone
8th President of Rochester Institute of Technology
In office
Preceded byM. Richard Rose
Succeeded byWilliam W. Destler
Personal details
BornDecember 16, 1935 (age 83)
Boston, Massachusetts
ParentsEdward Simone
Mary DiGiovanni
Alma materTufts University
Massachusetts Institute of Technology


From 1965 to 1969 Simone authored five books.


  1. ^ Yount, David (1996). Who Runs the University?: The Politics of Higher Education in Hawaii, 1985-1992. Honolulu, HI: University of Hawaii Press. ISBN 9780824818210.
  2. ^ "RIT picks its next president". Democrat and Chronicle. Rochester, New York. May 19, 1992. p. 1A.
  3. ^ "A leadership shuffle at RIT". Democrat and Chronicle. Rochester, New York. August 3, 1994. p. 1B. He had served as acting president of RIT twice—first, when former President M. Richard Rose took a sabbatical to work for the CIA in 1991, and again when Rose retired in 1992.
  4. ^ "Replacing Simone a tall order". Democrat and Chronicle. Rochester, New York. May 18, 2006. p. 3B.
  5. ^ RIT - University News

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Academic offices
Preceded by
Fujio Matsuda
President of the University of Hawaii
Succeeded by
Kenneth P. Mortimer
Preceded by
Thomas R. Plough (acting)
President of the Rochester Institute of Technology
September 1, 1992 – July 1, 2007
Succeeded by
William W. Destler
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Destler received his bachelor's degree from the Stevens Institute of Technology in 1968, and his applied physics PhD from Cornell University in 1972. His research specialized in "high-power microwave sources and advanced accelerator technologies".Destler collects antique banjos; the number of instruments in his collection is purportedly more than 160. Destler is also an amateur folk musician and is a founding member of the Baltimore Folk Music Society. Destler released his first record, September Sky, in 1973. It was re-released in 2010 as a CD in S. Korea. Destler also sang with the a capella trio, Rock Creek, with Wally Macnow and Thomas McHenry. He sang with them on Sharon Mountain Harmony on the Folk Legacy label and their self produced album Rock Creek. His latest CD, Would You Have Time, was released in 2016.

More recently, Destler has gained an interest in hybrid and electric vehicles. His own vehicles, including a Toyota Prius, a Chevy Volt and Tesla Model S, are often on display during Imagine RIT, where Destler is more than happy to personally explain the technology behind the vehicles.

In 2010, he approved the termination of RIT's quarter system, effectively switching the school to a semester system beginning in 2013. The decision was favored by the voting members of faculty and staff inside the Saunders College of Business, B. Thomas Golisano College of Computing & Information Sciences, College of Imaging Arts & Sciences, College of Liberal Arts, National Technical Institute for the Deaf, College of Science, Staff Council, and the RIT Student Government. It was opposed by voting members of the College of Applied Science & Technology, the Kate Gleason College of Engineering, the National Technical Institute for the Deaf, and the College of Science. 64% of students participating in an online poll voted to remain on the quarter system, while 18% voted for the semester system.

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