David Munson

David Munson

David Munson

President, Rochester Institute of Technology 

Years in current role: 4 

Munson became RIT’s 10th president in 2017 after serving as the Robert J. Vlasic Dean of Engineering at the University of Michigan from 2006 to 2016. 

Before joining the University of Michigan in 2003, Munson, who has degrees in electrical engineering from the University of Delaware and Princeton University, taught at the University of Illinois. He was the Robert C. MacClinchie Distinguished Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Research Professor in the Coordinated Science Laboratory and a faculty member in the Beckman Institute for Advanced Science and Technology. 

Despite Munson’s background in engineering, he places great importance on the arts. RIT’s strength in the arts was a factor in his decision to join the school. 

“For me that was a major attraction,” he told the RBJ in 2019. “I don’t have much affinity at all for universities that only do technology.” 

Locally, Munson serves on the boards of the Finger Lakes Regional Economic Development Council, George Eastman Museum, Greater Rochester Enterprise, Rochester Area Colleges, Greater Rochester Chamber of Commerce and Rochester Regional Health.