Gregory G. Dell’Omo, Ph.D., has been president of Robert Morris University since 2005, and 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. RMU’s next strategic plan builds on those core values and forges stronger ties between academics and student engagement, with continued emphasis on professional outcomes.
During Dell’Omo’s tenure, Robert Morris’s endowment has grown from $16 million to more than $31 million. In September 2012, the university completed the first comprehensive capital campaign in its history, raising $41 million, exceeding its goal, and the university has gone on to raise a total of $45 million. The campaign was propelled by yearly increases in annual giving, giving to athletics, and growth in the number of 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 has added several degree programs and expanded its honors program. In addition, 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 include AACSB International – The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business; the Teacher Education Accreditation Council; and the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education. RMU was one of the first 10 universities named a Center of Actuarial Excellence by the Society of Actuaries.
RMU also has experienced an 18-percent increase in undergraduate enrollment (and an 11-percent increase in total enrollment) while Dell’Omo has been president, with the number of students living on campus – now nearly 60 percent of undergraduate students – having more than doubled. RMU now offers 20 online degree and certificate programs, with approximately 620 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; residence halls, dining and recreational facilities; a nursing simulation laboratory; and the Snee-Reinhardt Charitable Foundation House for Media Arts. RMU renovated and expanded its library and student health center and added a counseling center. Total university space has increased by 50 percent, from 1 million square feet to 1.5 million square feet. Plans are in place for a new School of Nursing and Health Sciences building to begin construction in 2014-15.
Dell’Omo sits on the boards of the Magee-Women’s Hospital Foundation, Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, and the Pennsylvania Economy League of Southwestern Pennsylvania, and the Pennsylvania Campus Compact. 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 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 DI 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.