Hello, and welcome to the home of the Colonials from David Jamison, interim president and provost at Robert Morris University. It is my pleasure to introduce to you Dr. Christopher B. Howard, whom the Board of Trustees has named the eighth president of Robert Morris University. Dr. Howard, currently president of Hampden-Sydney College in Virginia, will join RMU on Feb. 1, 2016.
Dr. Howard is a distinguished educator, public servant, and decorated veteran of the U.S. Air Force Reserve who has previously worked for General Electric and Bristol-Meyers Squibb. He holds degrees from the United States Air Force Academy, Harvard University, and Oxford University. Throughout his varied and accomplished career, Dr. Howard has demonstrated a commitment to service and mentorship. He is, in the words of Gary Claus ’74, chair of the RMU Board of Trustees, a perfect fit for Robert Morris.
What’s more, Dr. Howard joins at RMU at the perfect time. Under our previous president, Gregory G. Dell’Omo, the university experienced 10 years of unparalleled growth. We completed our 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 that was just a warm-up. Our dedicated faculty, staff, and senior administrators are eager to work with Dr. Howard to build on our most recent achievements. These include:
And that’s not all. Once Scaife Hall is completed in the spring, the School of Engineering, Mathematics, and Science will take over the John Jay Center, which it now shares with the School of Nursing and Health Sciences. Those are RMU’s fastest-growing schools, too big now for their shared space. 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.
It is easy to see how Robert Morris attracted a dynamic, high-energy leader like Dr. Howard to be its next president. Between now and February, I will continue to work to advance the interests of the university in every way I can, and to prepare with the rest of the leadership team and the faculty and staff to help our new president take the university to even higher levels of achievement.