Gregory G. Dell’Omo
Gregory G. Dell'Omo became Rider University’s seventh president on August 1, 2015. A New Jersey native, who was born and raised in Rumson, Dr. Dell'Omo joined Rider after spending ten years as the seventh president of Robert Morris University (RMU). His years at RMU were marked by growth unparalleled in the university’s 93-year history.
Within a month of his arrival at Rider, Dr. Dell'Omo launched his first listening tour, meeting with all members of the University community, including faculty, administrators, staff and students. By February 2016, armed with the knowledge he had gleaned from the community, he announced Rider’s next comprehensive strategic planning process -- the opportunity to renew Rider’s vision and mission and establish a set of institutional priorities and goals that will build on the University's strengths as it seek to serve students with distinction in an increasingly competitive higher education environment.
The Strategic Planning Steering Committee subsequently identified five strategic themes:
- Our unwavering focus on student growth and development
- The branding, marketing and promotion of our University
- The importance of our people
- The strategic cultivation, management and investment of our resources
- Our commitment to planning, implementation and continuous improvement
Very soon after he arrived, Dr. Dell'Omo also introduced the concept of engaged learning at Rider. By creating meaningful connections between the knowledge learned in the classroom and in a student's career, community, relationships, and their role in a global society, their learning becomes even more powerful. And when they graduate, along with their academic transcript, each student will earn a Rider engaged learning transcript, which demonstrates how they connected their classroom experience to the world around them.
Among his many other important accomplishments at Rider since Dr. Dell'Omo's arrival include the ongoing development of new academic programs, including the University's first doctoral program in Education and a bachelor's degree in computer science.
And donor support for the University continues to grow. In fact, at the start of the fall 2016 semester, as part of its campaign to upgrade its athletic facilities, Rider opened its new Basketball Practice Facility, which also included new men's and women's locker rooms and offices for the coaches. Dr. Dell'Omo recognizes that Rider's Division I athletics program is a vitally important window through which the community views the University. It’s critical that when people look through that window, they see modern and attractive facilities packed with enthusiastic students, faculty, staff, parents and friends.
Earlier in his thirty-year academic career, Dr. Dell’Omo held academic positions at Canisius College as an Assistant Professor of Management and St. Joseph’s University in Philadelphia, where he was dean of the Haub School of Business and vice president for external affairs.
Dr. Dell'Omo serves on the boards of Mid-Jersey Chamber of Commerce, Princeton Regional Chamber of Commerce, New Jersey Presidents' Council, AICUNJ and MAAC Presidents' Council. 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 three granddaughters.