Rider University’s Board of Trustees announced today the appointment of Gregory G. Dell’Omo, Ph.D., as the Central Jersey school’s seventh president. Dell’Omo, who will assume the presidency on August 1, 2015, will succeed Mordechai Rozanski who is retiring on July 31, 2015.
Dell’Omo will step down from his position at Robert Morris University (RMU), in Pittsburgh, PA, at the end of the 2014-2015 academic year. Rozanski will remain at Rider through the end of July 2015.
The school 6,000 student school is currently celebrating its 150th anniversary, which will culminate with Dell’Omo’s official inauguration.
“The Rider opportunity is an exciting one, and I am honored to have been selected to lead this outstanding university,” Dell’Omo said in a statement, adding that while leaving RMU and the progress and achievements that it has made over the past ten years is difficult, returning to his home state of New Jersey where he will be closer to his extended family was an important factor in his decision.
Michael B. Kennedy, ’72, chairman of the Rider University Board of Trustees and chair of the Presidential Search Committee, said the board selected Dell’Omo from an extensive pool of candidates. Rider was supported in that process by its consultant, Storbeck/Pimentel & Associates.
“After a very thorough, inclusive and comprehensive selection process, involving all facets of the Rider community including deans, chairs, faculty members, student leaders, administrators, union representatives, alumni and board members, the board is extremely confident in the selection of Greg Dell’Omo as Rider’s next president,” Kennedy said. “I am certain that Greg is the right candidate who will 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.”