The President of RIT is the highest-ranking officer of the university.

Presidents of the Mechanics Institute

Name Term
Henry Lomb 1885-18??

Presidents of RIT

Number Name Term
1st Carleton Gibson 1910 - 1916 (*)
2nd James Barker 1916 - 1919 (*)
3rd Royal Farnum 1919 - 1921 (*)
4th John Randall 1922 - 1936 (*)
5th Mark Ellingson 1936 - 1969 (*)
6th Paul Miller 1969 - 1979
7th Richard Rose 1979 - 1992
8th Albert Simone 1992 - 2007
9th William Destler 2007 - 2017
10th David Munson 2017 - Present
* Note: Prior to 1944, RIT was named the Rochester Athenaeum and Mechanics Institute.