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The SHED’s inaugural director named at RIT 

Brodner (RIT photo)

Brodner (RIT photo)

The SHED’s inaugural director named at RIT 

Tiffany Brodner has been named Rochester Institute of Technology’s inaugural executive director of the Student Hall for Exploration and Development (SHED), following a national search. She assumed the role in April. 

“Tiffany brings a unique and strong set of skills and experiences that will enable her to oversee the day-to-day operations of this new facility and create strategic and tactical programming that aligns with the overall vision of the SHED,” said Christine Licata, RIT vice provost of Academic Affairs. 

The SHED will open in August in time for the fall semester, and a grand opening will coincide with Brick City Homecoming and Family Weekend in October. 

Brodner joined RIT in 2021 as associate director of Building Operations in RIT’s Division of Student Affairs and oversaw the management of the Campus Center and Student Alumni Union. Prior to that, she spent 10 years at State University of New York at Geneseo, where she served as the associate director of Student Life, the College Union and Student Activities. 

Brodner holds a master’s degree in recreation and leisure services management and a certificate in non-profit management from SUNY Brockport, where she also earned her bachelor’s degree in communications studies. 

Additionally, Michael Buffalin IV has been appointed director of RIT’s makerspace within the SHED.  

Buffalin joined RIT in 2015 as a member of the leadership team in the Simone Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship and helped establish the Construct, the first student makerspace on campus. His contributions to the campus resulted in a 2019 RIT Presidential Award for Outstanding Service. 

The SHED will showcase RIT’s maker community and bring together many of the performance teams, various other maker clubs and organizations and a growing number of performing arts groups.  

RIT Trustee and 2009 alumnus Austin McChord’s 2017 record gift of $50 million included $17.5 million to launch the collaborative learning complex. 

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