Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI)

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Rensselaer ensures our students graduate with the intellectual agility, multicultural sophistication, and global view needed to become tomorrow’s global leaders.

President Shirley Ann Jackson, Ph.D.

Shirley Ann Jackson became the 18th president of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute on July 1, 1999. President Jackson’s career prior to becoming Rensselaer's president has encompassed senior positions in government, as Chairman of the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission; in industry and research, as a theoretical physicist at the former AT&T Bell Laboratories; and in academe, as a professor of theoretical physics at Rutgers University.

Full Biography

Ex-Officio Member of Board of Trustees

The Honorable Patrick Madden JD, Mayor of Troy
Member, Rensselaer Board of Trustees

Members - Cabinet

Secretary of the Institute and General Counsel

Vice President, Institute Advancement


Acting Vice President for Research

Acting Vice President, Administration

Vice President, Information Services and Technology and Chief Information Officer

Vice President for Student Life

Associate Vice President & Director of Athletics

Vice President for Finance and Chief Financial Officer

Vice President for Human Resources

Vice President, Enrollment Management

Interim Vice President for Strategic Communications and External Relations

Academic Deans

Dean, School of Science

Dean, School of Architecture

Acting Dean, Lally School of Management

Dean of Engineering

Dean, Rensselaer at Hartford

Dean, School of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences

Direct Reports to the President

Howard P. Isermann Professor of Chemical and Biological Engineering, Professor of Biomedical Engineering, Professor of Biological Sciences, Special Adviser to the President for Strategic Initiatives Center for Biotechnology and Interdisciplinary Studies

Director, Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center (EMPAC)