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 core values:
For more than 90 years, RMU has delivered academic excellence with a professional focus. Today, we emphasize engaged learning and promote a global perspective. Above all, we believe that individuals matter. Because of all this, RMU is 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. A commitment to academic excellence is seen in major accreditations earned by RMU over the past six years, including AACSB International – The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business; the Teacher Education Accreditation Council; the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education; re-accreditations for engineering and computer science by ABET; and re-accreditation of the university at large by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education. The university’s actuarial science program was one of the original 10 Centers of Actuarial Excellence, designated by the Society of Actuaries.
During Dell’Omo’s tenure, Robert Morris’s endowment has grown from $16 million to $26 million. The university recently concluded a $40 million fundraising campaign, the largest in its history. Gifts include $5 million from the Richard King Mellon Foundation and $900,000 from The Heinz Endowments to launch the RMU Research Center on Black Male Educational Student Success.
Other achievements include creation of the Student Engagement Program and Transcript, and an increase in the number of RMU students studying abroad, as well as in the number of international students studying at RMU. Under Dell’Omo, the university added several degree programs and expanded its honors program. RMU also has experienced tremendous enrollment growth: a 38-percent increase in freshman enrollment and a 3.7-percent increase in graduate enrollment since 2006. Nearly 60 percent of students now live on campus.
Dell’Omo has overseen a transformation of RMU’s 230-acre campus, part of a 20-year master plan developed in conjunction with the strategic 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; and renovated dining, athletic, and recreational facilities.
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 secretary/treasurer of the Association of Independent Colleges and Universities of Pennsylvania and chairman of the Presidents’ Council of the Pittsburgh Council on Higher Education. He is also chair of the Finance Committee of the 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 CEO Group.
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 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.For more information contact Jonathan Potts at 412-397-5291 or email the Office of the President.