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The Passing of Matthew Schure, New York Tech’s Second President

February 2, 2023

New York Tech has learned that Matthew Schure, Ph.D., our university’s second president, has died.

He served as New York Tech president from 1982 to 2000. During his tenure, the university expanded to include a Central Islip, N.Y., campus in 1984 and its first international program in China in 1998. Carrying on the legacy of his father, Alexander Schure, the university’s inaugural president, Matthew Schure used instructional technology to expand the university’s outreach and career-oriented academic programs and oversaw the launch of LI News Tonight, a student-run cable news program; American Open University, the university’s first virtual campus; the Carleton Group, a student-run advertising agency; and NYITCOM’s first clinical campus at St. Barnabas Hospital.

During his presidency, New York Tech reached several other milestones—the Bears scored the first of their four NCAA Division II men’s lacrosse national championships; NYITCOM opened the Adele Smithers Parkinson’s Disease Center; and U.S. News & World Report ranked the university among the nation’s leading institutions of higher learning.

From 2001 to 2014, Schure served as president of Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine. He earned a bachelor’s degree from Queens College (CUNY), as well as two master’s degrees and a doctorate from Columbia University.