After leading the Rochester Institute of Technology for eight years, President David Munson has announced he will be stepping down next year.

According to the university, Munson announced his intentions on Tuesday after informing the RIT Board of Trustees. His last day will be June 30, 2025. 

"Over the next year, I intend to remain highly focused on the job at hand. We will have opportunities later to celebrate our collective work in establishing RIT as the premier university in the nation working at the intersection of technology, the arts, and design," Munson said. "As we have pursued this mission together, I have been blessed with your ideas, passion, hard work and friendship. I’m also thankful for the support of my wife, Nancy, for taking a leap of faith and assuming an integral role on this journey."

Munson came to RIT in 2017 after serving as dean of engineering for the University of Michigan for a decade.

The university detailed the following accomplishments under Munson's leadership:

  • Reached new heights with enrollment, with the university now serving a record 20,570 students, including growth at international campuses in China, Croatia, Dubai, and Kosovo
  • Completed a $1 billion-plus blended campaign — “Transforming RIT” — to raise money for scholarships, endowed professors, facilities and more
  • Launched a performing arts program that now includes more than 1,800 performing arts scholars
  • Endured and progressed during a global pandemic, allowing RIT to remain financially stable and continue with its strategic plan
  • Completed and began major facility projects to enhance the student experience, including: 

    • The SHED (Student Hall for Exploration and Development)
    • Saunders College of Business expansion
    • ESL Global Cybersecurity Institute
    • Music Performance Theater, scheduled to open in 2025
    • A research building to expand RIT’s growing research portfolio with completion in the fall
    • Athletic facilities, including Tiger Stadium


RIT will begin a search for the next president and will engage students, faculty and staff during the search.