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A MESSAGE FROM THE PRESIDENT

Hello, and welcome to the home of the Colonials from David Jamison, interim president and provost at Robert Morris University. Recently, the RMU family said a heartfelt goodbye to President Gregory G. Dell’Omo, who left after 10 years to become president of Rider University in his home state of New Jersey.

The “Dell’Omo Decade” of 2005-2015 was a period of unparalleled growth at Robert Morris, and saw the university complete its transformation from a commuter business school to a comprehensive, residential university with nationally acclaimed degree programs across our five academic schools. Full-time undergraduate enrollment climbed 35 percent and residential enrollment grew a whopping 75 percent. The university completed two new academic buildings, added three residence halls, completed a record $41 million capital campaign, and made engaged learning the hallmark of every RMU degree.

But we’re just getting warmed up. Dr. Dell’Omo left in place a strong leadership team that, in concert with the university’s dedicated faculty and staff, will build on our successes and ensure that our best days are yet to come. Recent achievements and milestones include:

  • The RMU Gallup Survey, which showed that Robert Morris graduates are more likely to be working full time and more likely to be engaged in their jobs than their peers nationwide.
  • The College Affordability Academy™, which Wendy Beckemeyer, vice president for enrollment management, developed to make the college financing system as transparent as possible for prospective students and to help families make wise financial choices.

  • The School of Education and Social Sciences joined the NEA Academy, which provides tuition discounts for members of the National Education Association enrolling in online graduate degree programs. We hope to attract national interest in our online Ph.D. in Instructional Management and Leadership.

Plenty will be happening this fall as well. We will open a new building for the School of Nursing and Health Sciences, which in turn will allow the School of Engineering, Mathematics, and Science to take over the John Jay Center. Those are RMU’s fastest growing schools, and they have outgrown the space they now share in John Jay. Plans also are underway for an events center that would be home to RMU’s men’s and women’s basketball teams and women’s volleyball team, and which could host many other events, including commencement, concerts, and outside meetings.

And of course, the Board of Trustees will be naming a new president. Leading that search is Richard Harshman ’78, chairman of the RMU Board of Trustees and chairman, president, and CEO of Allegheny Technologies Inc. The presidential search, in Rich’s words, has been focused, disciplined, and efficient – but not rushed. The eighth president of Robert Morris University will no doubt bring his or her own distinctive vision, but will also build on the traditions and values that have changed the lives of RMU students for 94 years. Our best days are indeed yet to come.

In the meantime I pledge to both advance the interests of the university in every way I can, and to join with the rest of the leadership team and the faculty and staff to be ready to support our new president in taking the university to even higher levels of achievement.

Go Colonials!

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