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After 17 years as the President of NYIT, Dr. Guiliano, has decided to step down from the position. The search for another to fill his shoes is currently underway but Dr. Rahmat Shoureshi will serve as the interim President until a permanent one is chosen.

Dr. Guiliano career extends well beyond his 17 years as President; he has been a staple of the college for more than 40 having started in the classroom as a professor… and in-fact the faculty advisor to this very newspaper, the Campus Slate.

“More than 40 years ago, I taught my first course at NYIT,” said Dr. Guiliano. “I enjoyed it and the students very much. Having grown up on Long Island, I understood the students holistically pretty well, I think. Like the people I grew up with, I only wanted the best for them. That never changed, and I never left NYIT.”

He continued, “It has always been about the students here as varied and different as they have become, and increasingly as I took on administrative positions about building the reputation of the Institution and the value of their degree. Through all those years, I continued to have lunch with student groups here and abroad and to teach, including a course last semester. The rich interaction with students inside and outside the classroom is what I will miss most.”

“We thank President Guiliano for his almost 17 years as president,” said Kevin Silva, NYIT Board of Trustees, in an email to the NYIT community. “During this period, the institution has achieved much for which we can all be proud. While, as at all academic institutions today, challenges remain, we can be confident they will be faced energetically and with resolve, vision, and sound judgment, and that ‎NYIT’s teaching, research, and public service missions will continue to advance.

“With the search of a new President underway, we are pleased to announce that Dr. Rahmat Shoureshi will serve as the interim President. Shoureshi came to NYIT in 2011 and is looking to make the transition as smooth as possible.

“During my five-plus years at NYIT as its provost and vice president of academic affairs, I’ve been fortunate to interact with many NYIT students,” said Interim President Shoureshi. “I am constantly amazed by their passion and curiosity. Now I am honored to serve our students again as NYIT interim president and look forward to speaking with many of them at special events we have organized and will convene during the spring 2017 semester.”

“Together with our faculty and staff across all of our campuses, I look forward to providing our students top quality education that prepares them for opportunities and challenges of the global market, and to assure that they have a positive experience at NYIT. I look forward to working with students and alumni to foster vibrant campus communities that promote collaboration, camaraderie, and inclusiveness.”

He also paid tribute to Dr. Guiliano in an email sent to the NYIT community. “On behalf of our diverse community, I would also like to thank President Edward Guiliano for more than four decades of dedication and service, including 17 years as NYIT’s third president. President Guiliano established new standards of academic excellence and distinction at NYIT, leaving our university well positioned for a vibrant future.”

According to the NYIT directory, before joining NYIT, he served as Dean of the School of Engineering and Computer Sciences at the University of Denver. He was also the founding director of National Science Foundation industry/university cooperative research. His effort resulted in the development and expansion of biotechnology and nanotechnology industries and educational programs in Colorado.

During his time at NYIT, Interim President Shoureshi has enhanced NYIT’s global campuses by offering high quality and diverse programs that enabled them to be financially sustainable. He has supported internal and external funding for research which is at an all time high. He has also developed new initiatives for teaching and learning with technology.

“During my interim presidency, I remain committed to forwarding NYIT’s mission and building our reputation, which continues to grow with each new incoming and graduating class,” said Interim President Shoureshi, in an email to the NYIT community.

“I will also focus on improving recruitment and retention initiatives, enhancing our ability to respond to student needs, and refining our customer service models. In addition, I will work with the Office of Development to boost fundraising initiatives that benefit NYIT’s students and campus facilities. Through all of these endeavors, we remain committed to creating a culture of transparency across all of our campuses.”

He has a message for the NYIT community: “I welcome your ideas on ways we can ensure that NYIT continues to offer a world-class education, build upon our collective strengths, and give students every opportunity to fulfill their professional and academic goals. To reach this goal, I will seek your input, welcome your strategic proposals, and will establish means for us to have a direct dialogue and communication.”

As the Board of Trustees continues their search for a new President, the NYIT Community welcomes Dr. Shoureshi as our interim President.

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