Mark W. Ellingson

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Mark W. Ellingson
5th President of the Rochester Institute of Technology
In office
Preceded by John A. Randall
Succeeded by Paul A. Miller
Personal details
Born (1904-06-05)June 5, 1904
Magrath, Alberta
Died February 12, 1993(1993-02-12) (aged 88)
Rochester, New York
Nationality American
Spouse(s) Marcia Cooke Randall
Children Laura Kathryn Allen
Louise Ellingson
Karen Marie Trueheart
Jon Eric Ellingson
Parents Ole Ellingson
Katherine Sweeney Friel
Alma mater Gooding College
University of Rochester
Ohio State University
Profession Administrator

Mark Ellingson (1905 - 1993) was the 5th president of the Rochester Institute of Technology, succeeding John A. Randall, from 1936–1969. He rose from a teacher at the institute to the presidency, which he held for longer than anyone before or since, and in many ways he brought the institute into its modern form. During Dr. Ellingson's lengthy tenure in office from 1936 to 1969, enrollment in day and evening classes rose from 2,250 to 16,000. He also oversaw a major expansion of the RIT endowment; a 1937 merger with the Empire School of Printing; the 1944 renaming to "Rochester Institute of Technology" (formerly, Rochester Athenaeum and Mechanics Institute); the planning, construction, and 1968 transfer to the current campus in Henrietta. He also spearheaded the drive to have RIT selected as the location for the National Technical Institute for the Deaf, which admitted its first students in 1968.

The tallest building on the Henrietta campus, a residence hall nicknamed "Tower A", is named for Ellingson.


Academic offices
Preceded by
John A. Randall
President of the Rochester Athenæum and Mechanics Institute
Name change
New title President of the Rochester Institute of Technology
Succeeded by
Paul A. Miller