The Chronicle of Higher Education Interview with RIT President David Munson

March 15, 2018

David Munson became president of Rochester Institute of Technology on July 1, 2017. He previously served as dean of the University of Michigan’s College of Engineering. In Munson’s first year at the helm of a top 100 national research university, he has been focused on leveraging RIT’s strengths in technology, the arts, and design to drive creativity and innovation.

Question: RIT has a strong national reputation for STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) education, but you also have been talking a lot about the arts and design. Why is this important for your university going forward?

Answer: RIT has been rapidly ascending for many years under forward-looking leadership and is now one of the top few universities in the nation working at the intersection of technology, the arts and design. We have a rich history in the arts where we will be placing increased emphasis, along with research and discovery. We can leverage our strengths in technology, the arts, and design — the core of our university — to continue building important and unique programs in all disciplines, including business, the health sciences and the liberal arts.

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