Jerry Hultin

  • Former president of Polytechnic Institute of NYU

  • Faculty (on Sabbatical Leave)

Jerry Hultin


Jerry M. Hultin is former president of Polytechnic Institute of New York University.  In this capacity he headed one of the nation’s oldest private science and engineering schools.  An innovative resource for science, engineering and technology management, Polytechnic Institute has produced a notable list of corporate, academic, research and engineering leaders – including three Nobel laureates – since it was founded in 1854.

During his first three year’s as President of Polytechnic, Mr. Hultin led a university-wide initiative of redefining Polytechnic’s role for the 21st Century.  The resulting strategic plan was approved by Poly’s Board of Trustees in May 2007 and focuses the Institute on introducing invention, innovation, and entrepreneurship – known as i2e – into all of its academic, research, and technology commercialization programs.

For instance, in order to increase entrepreneurial opportunity at Poly and throughout NYC, Polytechnic recently joined with the NYC Investment Fund and the New York State Technology and Research Authority in funding a new $2 million venture capital fund, NYCSeed, located at Polytechnic and specifically designed to support innovative new ideas for information technology and Web 2.0 products and services.

On July 1, 2008, under Mr. Hultin’s leadership and with the support of Poly’s Board, faculty, and students, Polytechnic became an affiliate of New York University, one of the leading comprehensive research universities in the nation.  This strategic new alliance adds Polytechnic’s prowess in technology and engineering to NYU’s comprehensive educational and research strengths and provides Polytechnic with substantial new resources and opportunities for education, research, and technology commercialization in NYC and around the world.

Before joining Polytechnic University, Mr. Hultin was Dean of the Wesley J. Howe School of Technology Management and Professor of Management at Stevens Institute of Technology in Hoboken, N.J. At Stevens, Hultin expanded the Howe School’s graduate programs in technology management and presided over a major increase in research funding.

From 1997 to 2000 Mr. Hultin served as Under Secretary of the Navy, the Department’s number two civilian leader. In this position, he led numerous programs that supported innovation in strategic vision, war fighting and business operations to meet the evolving needs of the Navy and Marine Corps in the 21st Century. 

Mr. Hultin’s major accomplishments as Under Secretary included taking a leadership role in the Department of the Navy’s Revolution in Business Affairs, which brought private-sector business acumen to both the Navy and Marine Corps. He was one of the creators of the Navy-Marine Corps Corporate Intranet and led a major study of the impact of globalization on national security and naval forces conducted by the National Defense University. In 2003 Mr. Hultin served as the on-air military analyst for WNBC in New York City during the Iraq War.

A 1964 graduate of Ohio State University, where he also received his commission as a naval officer, he then served in the Vietnam War.  Graduating from Yale University Law School in 1972, Mr. Hultin spent more than 25 years in the private sector in Ohio and Washington, D.C. His work included the practice of law, management of small businesses, and business consulting in areas including technology, defense, health care, finance and the environment.

Over the course of his career, Mr. Hultin has helped create and support a number of national, non-profit programs that provide leadership, community development and job skills to young people from all walks of life. 

Mr. Hultin is an Honorary Fellow of the Foreign Policy Association, the founding Chairman of the Technology Management Education Association, and an advisor to senior military and defense leaders. He is on the boards of the Advanced Energy Research & Technology Center, Center for an Urban Future, the Downtown Brooklyn Partnership, the National Action Council for Minorities in Engineering (NACME), British American Business, among others. He is a member of the New York Academy of Sciences, International Association of University Presidents, American Council on Education (ACE), the Commission on Independent Colleges and Universities (CICU), Association of University Research Parks, etc.

Mr. Hultin is married to Jill Foreman Hultin, a management consultant, and they have two grown sons.