The Robert Morris University (RMU) Board of Trustees approved a new five-year contract with President Gregory Dell’Omo Thursday.
Taking over as President in 2005, Dell’Omo oversaw the university’s transformation as its campus and academic programs grew.
Dell’Omo said his predecessor began the process of moving RMU away from primarily being a business school towards a more comprehensive university.
“So when I got here in 05’ a lot of the programs were being added,” said Dell’Omo “We went from one school of study to five schools of study with business being just one of those five and other ones developing over that time period. So [we have] many more programs with a division one sports program.”
Dell’Omo has overseen the growth of RMU’s Moon Township campus with an almost 60 percent increase of students living on campus since 2005, from 1,140 to 1,800 today. However RMU has reduced its Downtown operations.
Dell’Omo said, going into the future, he will work to raise the academic profile of the school.
“I think it’s come a long way and we have some really strong, very solid programs that are now getting regional, if not national, attention,” said Dell’Omo. “And we want to do that for more and more of our programs.”
The Board of Trustees' deal with Dell’Omo follows the university’s recent $40 million capital campaign, which paid for two academic buildings, contributed to the endowment of the school, and created the RMU Research Center on Black Male Educational Student Success.