Albert J. Simone

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Dr. Albert Joseph Simone (born December, 1935 in Boston, MA) is a former president of the Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) in Rochester, New York, USA.

Simone earned his Bachelor of Arts from Tufts in 1957, and his PhD from MIT in 1962.

He served as dean of the College of Business Administration at the University of Cincinnati from 1972 to 1983.

He was the President of the University of Hawaii at Manoa from 1984 to 1992. As President at Manoa, Simone lobbied for greater independence from the Hawaiian legislature’s control in order to retain accreditation. During his tenure, UH Manoa consolidated departments, research institutes and federal cooperative programs from different parts of campus into the School of Ocean and Earth Sciences and Technology, a leading education and research resource.

He became president of RIT on September 1, 1992, succeeding M. Richard Rose. Simone was previously president of the University of Hawaii System and chancellor of the University of Hawaii at Manoa. His tenure at RIT saw additional PhD programs (in microsystems engineering, computing and information sciences, and color science) inaugurated and improvements made to RIT's athletic program (such as the construction of the Gordon Field House and Activities Center and the elevation of the men's hockey team to Division I). He holds a Bachelor of Arts in economics from Tufts University, and a Ph.D in economics from MIT.

He retired from RIT July 1, 2007, succeeded by William W. Destler. Simone and his wife, Carolie, expect to remain in Rochester and contribute to the community.[citation needed]

June 15, 2007 was proclaimed Albert J. Simone Day in Rochester and Monroe County.[1]

Simone served as a Class C director of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York from January 2000 to January 2003.


From 1965 to 1969 Simone authored five books.[citation needed]


  1. ^ RIT - University News

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Academic offices
Preceded by
M. Richard Rose
President of the Rochester Institute of Technology
Succeeded by
William W. Destler