RIT Office of the Provost records, 1960-1992

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Collection Overview
Historical Information for RIT Office of the Provost
Scope and Content
Additional Finding Aids
Subject Headings
Information for Researchers
Administrative Information
Related Materials

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RIT Office of the Provost records, 1960-1992
Rochester Institute of Technology. Office of the Provost.
Inclusive Date(s)
Records of the Rochester Institute of Technology's (RIT) Office of the Provost. The collection includes correspondence, administrative and financial documents, newsletters, and several miscellaneous items. The materials are related to specific programs, committees, or projects by the university.
4.0 Linear feet (3 file boxes)
C.S. South, Shelves 375-376
RIT Archive Collections
RIT Libraries
Wallace Center
90 Lomb Memorial Drive
Rochester, New York, 14623
(585) 475-2557

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Historical Information for RIT Office of the Provost (Collapse)

The first provost for the Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) was appointed in March 1970. RIT had recently relocated from the city of Rochester to the suburbs of Henrietta. The school already had eight colleges including the newly-formed National Technical Institute for the Deaf (NTID) and was quickly growing. Unable to properly address the academic needs of the expanding campus on his own, President Dr. Paul A. Miller appointed Dr. Todd Hupp Bullard as RIT's first provost.

Provosts were becoming more popular on college campuses, partially as a result of the growing number of applicants under the G.I. Bill following World War II. College administrators could no longer handle the increasingly complex nature of a school's administration. Although other individuals had filled the role of the provost at RIT, such as Dr. Leo F. Smith who served as the Dean of Instruction during the 1950s and 1960s, Bullard was the university's first official provost. In this position, Bullard was charged with overseeing the development and strengthening of RIT's academic curriculum. By 1973, a ninth college was added, Institute College, as a place for emerging programs to develop. Adding to the challenge was the fact that President Miller was also enacting new budgeting procedures for the college. Thus, Bullard needed to help the school grow, while keeping a balanced budget.

The Office of the Provost remains an important part of RIT's administrative structure. As of 2011, the office included eight members of the Provost's Leadership Team including the Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs, Vice President for Research, Assistant Provost for Undergraduate Education, Senior Associate Provost, Assistant Provost for Academic Affairs, Director of CIMS & Golisano Sustainability Institute, Assistant Vice President, and the Associate Provost for Faculty Success.

Rochester Institute of Technology Provosts (current Jan 2011)
1970-1980 Todd H. Bullard
1980-1983 Robert G. Quinn
1983-1995 Thomas R. Plough
1995-2008 Stanley D. McKenzie
2008-present Jeremy A. Haefner

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The RIT Office of the Provost records, 1960-1992 consist mostly of correspondence, but also include administrative documents such as annual reports, meeting minutes, and some budgeting materials. Additionally, there are a few miscellaneous items such as a set of newsletters.

All materials are from specific programs, committees, or projects related to the Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT). For instance, there are documents related to the Higher Education Opportunity Program (HEOP), Industrial Management Council, Investment House Personnel Educational Program, Rochester Area Colleges (RAC), Kern Program, and the Association of Urban Universities. There are also documents related to the Rochester Urbanarium, a project on civic responsibility housed on RIT's campus during its first three years.

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Arrangement (Collapse)

This collection is currently unprocessed.

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Additional Finding Aids (Collapse)

In addition to this finding aid, an inventory is available below. For more information, please contact the RIT Archive Collections.

RIT Office of the Provost records, 1960-1992

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Subject Headings (Collapse)

Personal Name(s)

  • Bullard, Todd H., (Todd Hupp)
  • Plough, Thomas R., (Thomas Robert), 1941-
  • Quinn, Robert G.

Corporate Name(s)

  • Rochester Institute of Technology. Office of the Provost.
  • Association of Urban Universities .
  • Industrial Management Council (Rochester, N.Y.).
  • Kresge Foundation.
  • Phi Kappa Phi. Rochester Institute of Technology chapter.
  • Rochester Area Colleges.
  • Rochester Institute of Technology -- Administration.
  • Rochester Institute of Technology -- Planning.
  • Rochester Institute of Technology. College of Liberal Arts. William A. Kern Conference.
  • Urbanarium (Rochester, N.Y.).


  • College administrators -- New York (State) -- Rochester
  • Universities and colleges -- New York (State) -- Rochester -- Administration


  • Administrative records
  • Correspondence
  • Financial records
  • Proposals

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Preferred Citation

RIT Office of the Provost records, 1960-1992, RIT Archive Collections

Restrictions on Access

This collection is open to researchers.

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Administrative Information (Collapse)

Collection ID


Accession Information

Accession number: 00:03

Source of Acquisition

Materials were given to the RIT Archive Collections by the Office of the Provost in December 2000.

Processing Information

Finding aid created by Lara Nicosia in January 2011.

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