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RIT alumnus gives $50M to RIT

December 13, 2017 07:37 PM

Datto founder and RIT alumnus Austin McChord donated $50 million to his alma mater.

The 2009 alumnus gave RIT the largest donation ever made to the university and one of the largest ever in the region. McChord is the founder and CEO of Datto, a Connecticut-based data protection company with engineering and support offices in downtown Rochester.

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McChord, an RIT trustee, said he was inspired to make the donation by former RIT President Bill Destler, with whom he has developed a friendship.

“My goal with this gift is two-fold,” said McChord. “First is to help make more resources available to students, alumni and the community at-large to create, build and innovate for the future. But it’s also to help recognize those who helped you along the way. My success today would not have been possible without my time at RIT.”

The gift is to be designated for use in two major areas:

  • $30 million to foster creativity and entrepreneurship at RIT, including $17.5 million to launch the Maker Library & Innovative Learning Complex of the Future. 
     
  • $20 million to advance RIT’s cybersecurity and artificial intelligence capabilities. This funding will be used to expand facilities, as well as to establish endowments to attract and retain exceptional faculty and graduate students, primarily in the B. Thomas Golisano College of Computing and Information Sciences, the largest of RIT’s nine colleges.

McChord founded Datto, a global provider of Total Data Protection Solutions, in 2007.

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