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RMU president resigns to become president of N.J. university

Megan Guza
| Thursday, Dec. 4, 2014, 12:41 p.m.
Gregory Dell'Omo, president of Robert Morris University.
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Gregory Dell'Omo, president of Robert Morris University.

Faculty and staff at Robert Morris University hope the positive energy that emerged under President Gregory Dell'Omo's tenure can continue under his replacement.

Dell'Omo, 59, will leave at the end of the school year to become president of Rider University in New Jersey.

“This is a bittersweet moment for us,” said Gary Claus, chairman of the university's board of trustees and a 1974 graduate. “Greg has been tremendous for us.”

Dell'Omo also called the change bittersweet, but the New Jersey native said he is looking forward to going home.

“That was one of the major drivers for this change,” he said.

Dell'Omo came to the university in 2004 and has headed the school through program and building expansions.

“We were a fledgling university — we had just recently become a university when Greg came,” Claus said. “We're now widely recognized not just as a business school, but for our engineering and actuary science programs as well.”

The university's nursing program enrolled nearly 800 students in 2014 after starting with 18 in 2003, and RMU broke ground in September on a new $12 million facility to house the program.

“Greg had a clean, clear vision for what RMU should be,” said communications professor Anthony Moretti. “He shared — and people bought into — the vision he had for the university.”

Overall enrollment increased 10 percent during the past five years, to 5,359 this fall, according to the university.

Claus said the trustees will appoint a search committee from among their members, to be chaired by Richard Harshman, vice chairman of the board. He said an advisory committee made up of faculty, staff, students and alumni also will form.

He said it is unclear whether a new president will be hired by the start of the 2015-16 school year, but he expects the search to be national.

“This is a much more attractive job than when Greg came here,” he said. “We won't have a shortage of candidates.”

Megan Guza is a staff writer forTrib Total Media. She can be reached at 724-779-6902 or mguza@tribweb.com.

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