RMU's Dell'Omo drops bid for La Salle University presidency

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Robert Morris University president Gregory Dell'Omo has withdrawn from consideration for the presidency of La Salle University in Philadelphia.

The La Salle board was expected to vote on his candidacy today, but his nomination apparently went off track early this afternoon.

Robert Morris issued a news release at 1:43 p.m. saying Mr. Dell'Omo, who has been president of Robert Morris since 2005, had withdrawn his name from consideration after he and the La Salle board "failed to come to terms."

In the news release, Mr. Dell'Omo said,

“I wish La Salle University the very best as their search continues. It was gratifying to know that the progress that’s been made here at RMU caught the attention of this institution and led them to invite me into their recruitment process. At this point, I’m glad to get back to work with my great team at RMU to take us to the next level.”

Also in the news release, Gary Claus, chair of the RMU board, said,

"Greg Dell'Omo is an outstanding university president, and, without question, his leadership and vision have been instrumental in propelling Robert Morris to become a university of choice."

Mr. Dell'Omo was being considered to replace Brother Michael McGiniss, who is stepping down after 15 years as president.

According to his official biography on the Robert Morris website, Mr. Dell'Omo's accomplishments include growth in the endowment from $16 million to more than $30 million, a fundraising campaign that exceeded its $40 million goal by $4 million; the creation of the student engagement program and transcript; increases in both students studying abroad and international students at Robert Morris; an expanded honors program; new online programs; enrollment growth of 15 percent; and new construction, including buildings for the School of Business and School of Communications and Information Systems.

Mr. Dell’Omo has 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 serves on a number of local boards, including the Magee-Women’s Hospital Foundation, Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, and the Pennsylvania Economy League of Southwestern Pennsylvania.

Education writer Eleanor Chute: echute@post-gazette.com or 412-263-1955. First Published February 27, 2014 1:34 PM

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