As of July 1, David C. Munson Jr. will become the tenth president of the Rochester Institute of Technology. In this capacity, Munson will build on the 2025 strategic plan and direct program development, faculty and student recruitment, facilities expansion, and fundraising. The privately endowed research university with nine colleges and a student body of over 18,000 emphasizes career education and experiential learning. It is also recognized as a leader in preparing deaf and hard-of-hearing students for professional and technical careers.
Munson has 38 years of experience in higher education. He is currently a professor of electrical engineering and computer science at the University of Michigan, and previously served two terms from 2006 to the summer of 2016 as the Robert J. Vlasic Dean of Engineering. Before that he was chair of the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science. Earlier in his career, Munson was the Robert C. MacClinchie Distinguished Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering, research professor in the Coordinated Science Laboratory, and a faculty member in the Beckman Institute for Advanced Science and Technology, all at the University of Illinois. Munson holds a Ph.D. in electrical engineering and computer science received from Princeton in 1979 and earned his B.S. in electrical engineering from the University of Delaware in 1975.