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David Munson

President, Rochester Institute of Technology

Years in current role: 5

What was your biggest success in 2021?

Continuing our progress unabated at RIT, while successfully navigating the pandemic and keeping our community safe. We are pleased that we have not lost momentum toward our 2025 Strategic Plan. We are moving forward as planned and more.

What are your expectations for 2022?

Lots of construction on campus. We have $200 million of projects that are underway, so this is a very exciting time in our history. At some point, we hope, the masks will come off and we’ll all be having so much fun!

What is your biggest takeaway from dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic?

Our students at RIT are exemplary and our faculty and staff will do anything it takes to support them. It is amazing how the RIT community has been so resilient during this time.

What is your favorite thing about the Rochester community?

The quality of the people and the care they show for one another. Rochester and the Finger Lakes region have so much to offer in terms of natural beauty. The arts scene is also outstanding!

If time were no issue, what would you do to help the community that you aren’t already doing?

Volunteer to teach math, which is the gateway to all STEM disciplines, in a Rochester city school.

This profile is part of Rochester Business Journal's Power 100 list for 2022. Information used in this profile was sourced from the honoree. View the full list at


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