Alumnus gives RIT $50 million to foster entrepreneurship and cybersecurity

Austin McChord, who graduated in 2009 from RIT, makes the unprecedented gift in university’s history by donating $50 million to
Rochester Institute of Technology, the largest donation ever made to the university and one of the largest ever in the region.

Austin McChord is the founder and CEO of Datto, a Connecticut-based data protection company with engineering and support offices in downtown Rochester.

"A gift of this magnitude will help propel RIT from excellence to preeminence,” said RIT President David Munson. "We are so proud of our alumnus Austin McChord. He was passionate about his idea and he turned it into a big success. This embodies the creative element that we want to further highlight at RIT. Every student can be involved in creating things that never before existed, and then putting the result into play. His investment in RIT will help our students and faculty make their mark on the world.”

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