Gregory G. Dell’Omo, Ph.D. has been president of Robert Morris University since 2005. Taking the reins of the university during a period of unparalleled growth, Dell’Omo quickly developed a clear vision for RMU as a place that provides transformational experiences for students through engaged learning. The university articulated this vision in its 2007 strategic plan, which spelled out RMU’s six core values: academic excellence, professional focus, engaged learning, global perspective, individuals matter, and changing lives. These values are reflected in the university’s increased emphasis during Dell’Omo’s presidency on internationalism in student experiences, faculty research, and academic programs.
During Dell’Omo’s tenure, Robert Morris’s endowment has grown from $16 million to more than $30 million. The university recently completed the largest fundraising campaign in its history, raising more than $44 million against a $40 million goal. The campaign was propelled by yearly increases in annual giving, giving to athletics, and growth of the President’s Council, for donors who give at least $1,000 annually.
Other achievements include the creation of the Student Engagement Program and Transcript, and an increase in the number of RMU students studying abroad and international students studying at RMU. Under Dell’Omo, the university added several degree programs and expanded its honors program. While Dell’Omo has been president, the Middle States Commission on Higher Education reaffirmed the university’s accreditation and the NCAA re-accredited RMU’s Division I athletics program. Other accreditations RMU has earned have come from AACSB International – The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business; the Teacher Education Accreditation Council; and the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, to name a few. RMU was one of the first 10 universities named a Center of Actuarial Excellence by the Society of Actuaries.
RMU also has experienced a 15-percent increase in total enrollment since Dell’Omo became president. Nearly 60 percent of students now live on campus, and retention and graduation rates are rising. RMU offers 20 online degree and certificate programs, with approximately 550 students enrolled in online programs, all new since Dell’Omo took office.
Dell’Omo has overseen a transformation of RMU’s 230-acre campus, part of a 20-year master plan. Highlights include the construction of new buildings for the School of Business and School of Communications and Information Systems; apartment-style residence halls; a nursing simulation laboratory; Snee-Reinhardt Charitable Foundation House for Media Arts; and renovated dining, athletic, and recreational facilities. RMU has added a counseling center and expanded its student health center. Two dining facilities have been added since Dell’Omo took office, with a third under construction, along with a new fitness center.
Dell’Omo sits on the boards of the Magee-Women’s Hospital Foundation, Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, and the Pennsylvania Economy League of Southwestern Pennsylvania. He is chair of the Association of Independent Colleges and Universities of Pennsylvania and a member of the Presidents’ Council of the Pittsburgh Council on Higher Education. He is a member of the board of Pennsylvania Campus Compact and a member of the major gifts committee of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. He is chairman of the Northeast Conference Presidents’ Council and previously represented the Northeast Conference on the NCAA DI Board of Directors. He is a member of the NCAA's Presidents' Advisory Group and the Football Championship Subdivision Presidents Council.
Dell’Omo holds a bachelor’s degree in economics from Montclair State University, a master’s degree in industrial relations from Rutgers, and a Ph.D. in industrial relations/human resource management from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He earned certifications at Harvard University from the Institute for Education Management and the Seminar for New Presidents. He held previous academic positions at Canisius College and Saint Joseph's University, where he was dean of the Haub School of Business and then vice president for external affairs.
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