Hello and welcome to the home of the Colonials! I am Greg Dell’Omo, president of Robert Morris University. As you can see from the top of this page, I will be stepping down as president in June to become the president of Rider University in my native New Jersey.
Leaving RMU for Rider was a deeply personal decision to return to my home state, and it will not be easy to leave all the wonderful friends that my wife, Polly, and I have made these past 10 years, not to mention the eager students and dedicated faculty and staff who have helped this university achieve such great things. But thanks to all their hard work, not to mention the generosity and loyalty of our alumni and other donors, RMU has built a strong foundation upon which to build even greater things. Robert Morris University’s best days are yet to come.
To wit: Last year, the Gallup organization partnered with Purdue University to survey 30,000 college graduates nationwide to identify those undergraduate experiences that correlate most strongly with professional success and personal fulfillment. In the fall, RMU became one of only 12 institutions in the nation to pose that survey to its own alumni, and we are incorporating this instrument into our next strategic plan.
I am happy to report that preliminary findings indicate that RMU graduates are enjoying a higher level of engagement and success in their workplace at a higher proportion than the national average of those 30,000 graduates surveyed by Gallup — and those graduates represented a variety of institutions, ranging from Ivy Leagues to large public universities to small liberal arts colleges.
In addition, RMU graduates said they felt more prepared for life after college than the national average, and report higher levels of personal well-being: a holistic blend of purposeful living, social, community, physical and financial factors. We will be receiving a more detailed report from our partners at Gallup with more insights to come in the weeks and months ahead.
Harvard University President Drew Faust said that college "will take you to places you’ve never been before" and "discover dreams you’ve never dreamed before." I think of students like Sarah Robb, who graduated in May from our integrated B.S./M.S. in engineering program. She traveled with our nursing students to Nicaragua to study, from an engineering perspective, the problems faced by the poor families to whom our students provide health care. Sarah developed simple health kits nursing students can distribute on future trips to Nicaragua. The founding member of RMU's chapter of the Biomedical Engineering Society, Sarah is now earning a Ph.D. from Carnegie Mellon University.
If we do our jobs right, every student will have an experience like Sarah's that changes their lives, and every student will be able to point to a professor or a staff member and say, "That’s the person who made it happen." What a great feeling to be that person!
I want to thank the entire RMU community for the kindness and friendship it has shown to Polly and me and our entire family. I am proud of being the president of Robert Morris University, not because of what I achieved but because of what we have achieved together. RMU's best days are indeed yet to come.
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