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M. Richard Rose - RITpedia

M. Richard Rose (born 1933) was the 7th President of Rochester Institute of Technology, serving from 1979 to 1992.

Early life and education

Rose was born in Fredonia, Pennsylvania in 1933. He completed an undergraduate degree in 1955 from Slippery Rock University and went on to complete a masters degree in counseling at Westminster College. During his time at Slippery Rock, he became a member of Alpha Phi Omega.[1]

After graduation, he served in the United States Marine Corps and as a teacher and guidance counselor in Lakeview, Pennsylvania.

He then went on to work as the associate professor of education and assistant provost for the University of Pittsburgh from 1962-1972. While there, he continued his education, completing a doctorate in higher education administration from the university.

He left Pittsburgh in 1972 to become a Deputy Assistant United States Secretary of Defense for Education of the Nixon Administration, a position he held for two years.[2]

Alfred University

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Presidency of RIT

Eisenhower College

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Central Intelligence Agency Controversy

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According to a series of reports published in the Rochester Democrat and Chronicle he had deep ties to the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA).


  1. Alpha Phi Omega. (1994). "National Distinguished Service Key Recipients". [1]
  2. Herrick Memorial Library. "M. Richard Rose". Alfred University. [2]

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