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RMU Names David Jamison Interim President

Tuesday, April 14, 2015


The Board of Trustees at David-Jamison-SmallRobert Morris University has appointed Provost David L. Jamison the interim president of RMU effective June 30, 2015.

Jamison will lead Robert Morris until a new president is installed to succeed President Gregory G. Dell’Omo, who announced in December he was leaving RMU after the end of the academic year to become president of Rider University in his home state of New Jersey. Dell’Omo has been president of RMU since 2005.

"It will be a true privilege and honor to carry on the work that has been led by President Dell'Omo. The president built a strong leadership team and I look forward to working with my colleagues on the president’s cabinet and their staffs, the deans and academic administrators, our faculty, full-time and adjunct, and our great student body in building on our successes and moving us forward,“ said Jamison.

Jamison has been provost and senior vice president for academic affairs since 2008. From 2002 to 2008 he was dean of the School of Communications and Information Systems, having joined Robert Morris from the faculty at the University of Akron. Jamison is an attorney with particular expertise in First Amendment jurisprudence and journalism law, and he served in the U.S. diplomatic corps in Brussels and Rome before moving into academia.

During Jamison’s tenure as provost, RMU’s degree programs have earned every available professional accreditation, and the university has strengthened its honors program and placed an increasing emphasis on international education. The provost also has been instrumental in the development of the Student Engagement Program, now a hallmark of an RMU education.

“David is well suited to guide RMU through this transition in leadership, given the important role he has played with President Dell’Omo and the RMU faculty in strengthening the university’s academic programs,” said Gary Claus, chair of the Robert Morris University Board of Trustees.

“Much of what Robert Morris has achieved these past several years would not have been possible without David’s leadership and sound counsel,” said Claus.

Jamison earned his bachelor’s degree from Muskingum College, a master’s degree in communication from the University of Michigan, and his law degree from the University of Michigan Law School.

RMU’s search for its eight president is proceeding as planned, according to Richard Harshman, chair of the RMU Presidential Search Committee and vice chair of the Board of Trustees. Candidates are providing their application materials for the May 1 deadline and the committee will be assessing and interviewing top contenders later in May.

Information on the search process and campus communications to date, a copy of the leadership profile prepared for applicants and information on Witt-Kieffer, RMU's partner search firm, are available on the web at rmu.edu/presidentialsearch.

“Our sole objective and priority is to find the very best person to lead RMU into the future and through its next trajectory of success, growth and impact. The selection process will continue to be focused, disciplined and efficient, but not rushed,” said Harshman, who is the chairman, president, and CEO of Allegheny Technologies Incorporated.