Past Presidents

Edward Guiliano, Ph.D.

Edward Guiliano

Edward Guiliano, Ph.D. served as NYIT’s third president from 2000 to 2017. He joined the university in 1974 and was the youngest person at NYIT to be promoted through the ranks to full professor. He served as vice president of academic affairs in 1996 and two years later took on additional responsibilities as provost. Guiliano holds a bachelor’s degree from Brown University and a doctorate from Stony Brook University.

During his NYIT presidency, he helped shape the concept of “the global university,” a model has defined the transformation and rebranding of NYIT from a regional university into an international institute of higher learning, with campuses in New York, Arkansas, Abu Dhabi, China, and Vancouver, in addition to international partnerships with schools in Taiwan, Brazil, France, Turkey, and China. His leadership has resulted in improving both the quality of NYIT’s academic programs and its reputation domestically and globally, as evidenced by its many accreditations and its steady improvement in rankings, including US News & World Report and Payscale’s ROI survey, among others.

In addition, Guiliano also oversaw large-scale expansion of NYIT-Manhattan and NYIT-Long Island, which included several high-tech learning and athletic facilities as well the NYIT Auditorium on Broadway near Lincoln Center and Columbus Circle. In honor of his dedication, NYIT-Manhattan’s main building at 1855 Broadway was named the Edward Guiliano Global Center in 2012.

He is a frequent speaker at conferences around the world and op-ed author on topics that include Big Data, energy and sustainability, global higher education, cybersecurity, and instructional technology. A scholar of Victorian literature, Guiliano is the author and editor of eight books and more than 150 articles. He is a founding member of the Lewis Carroll Society of North America and former president of the society. Guiliano is married to best-selling author Mireille Guiliano.

Matthew Schure, Ph.D.

Matthew Schure

Matthew Schure, Ph.D., served as NYIT 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 his father’s legacy of using instructional technology to expand NYIT’s outreach and career-oriented academic programs, Schure oversaw the launch of LI News Tonight, a student-run cable news program; American Open University, NYIT’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, NYIT reached several other milestones—the NYIT 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 NYIT among the nation’s leading institutions of higher learning.

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

Alexander Schure, Ph.D.

alexander Schure,

Alexander Schure (1920-2009) founded NYIT in 1955 and served as its first president until 1982, then as chancellor until 1991. He helped formulate NYIT’s mission of providing career-oriented, professional education; access to opportunity for all qualified students; and application-based research that benefits the entire world. Under his leadership, NYIT grew from a single campus in New York City into a multi-campus university with locations near Columbus Circle in Manhattan and along Long’s Island Gold Coast in Old Westbury, N.Y.

Schure’s achievements at NYIT included the formation of NYIT’s Computer Graphics Laboratory (CGL) in 1974, which pioneered several of the earliest breakthroughs in computer graphics and animation. Among these is one of the first computer-animated films, Tubby the Tuba, under the direction of Schure and Pixar co-founders Ed Catmull and Alvy Ray Smith.

During his presidency, Schure also helped launch NYIT’s College of Osteopathic Medicine (NYITCOM) in 1977, New York’s first osteopathic medical school, with cooperation from Gov. Nelson A. Rockefeller and W. Kenneth Riland, D.O. Today, NYITCOM is one of the largest medical schools in the United States.

Schure received a bachelor's degree from the City College of New York and a master's degree and two doctorates from New York University. He was also the recipient of numerous awards, including 17 honorary doctoral degrees.