Gregory G. Dell’Omo, Ph. D.
President of Rider University
The Rider University Board of Trustees proudly welcomed Gregory G. Dell’Omo, Ph.D., as the seventh president of Rider University on August 1, 2015.
Dr. Dell’Omo was selected by the university’s presidential search committee, chaired by Michael Kennedy ’72, chairman of Rider’s board of trustees. The committee, which included trustees, faculty and administrative staff, met with representatives from campus groups to determine the essential qualities desired in a new president. The committee determined that among other factors, the university would benefit from an individual who demonstrated vast experience working with academic programs similar to Rider’s as well quantifiable success in both fundraising and facility development. Dr. Dell’Omo met and exceeded the desired qualities.
Upon Dell’Omo’s appointment as Rider’s president, Kennedy stated, “I am certain that Greg is the right candidate to provide the direction and vision required to continue the momentum Rider has experienced over the past decades, while leading our university into the bright future our community deserves.”
Dr. Dell’Omo, a New Jersey native born and raised in Rumson, joined Rider after spending ten years as the seventh president of Robert Morris University. His years at RMU were marked by growth unparalleled in the university’s 93-year history as it continued its transformation from a regional, commuter-based institution to a comprehensive residential university that draws full-time and part-time students from across the country and around the globe.
Perhaps the greatest symbol of the RMU’s transformation under Dell’Omo’s leadership was the dramatic increase in the number of students living on campus from 1,140 in 2005 to 1,990 as of last year. Concurrently, the full-time undergraduate enrollment grew by 35 percent, with total enrollment now at 5,400. In addition, Dell’Omo brought RMU into a new age with the launch of numerous online degree programs. In just three years, online enrollment increased to over 700 students.
Among his many volunteer roles in the Pittsburgh area, Dr. Dell’Omo was very active in the Pittsburgh community. He served on numerous boards including the Board of Directors for the Pittsburgh Symphony, the Pittsburgh Civic Light Orchestra and Magee-Women’s (UPMC) Hospital, and many others.
Earlier in his nearly thirty-year academic career, Dr. Dell’Omo held academic positions at Canisius College as an Assistant Professor of Management and Saint Joseph’s University in Philadelphia, where he was dean of the Haub School of Business and vice president for external affairs.
Dr. Dell’Omo earned a bachelor’s degree in economics from Montclair State University, a master’s degree in industrial relations from Rutgers University and a doctorate in industrial relations/human resource management from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He also earned certifications at Harvard University from the Institute for Education Management and the Seminar for New Presidents.
Dr. Dell’Omo and his wife Polly reside in the president’s home (“Betta House”) in Lawrenceville. They have three grown children and two grand-daughters.