As candidate withdraws, LaSalle's presidential search continues

Posted: March 01, 2014

An administrator who had been poised to become La Salle University's next president has withdrawn his candidacy after talks with the school's board of trustees broke down.

Gregory Dell'Omo, president of Robert Morris University, near Pittsburgh, was to take the top job at La Salle. But that changed Thursday afternoon, according to a Robert Morris statement.

"I wish La Salle University the very best as their search continues," Dell'Omo said in a news release. "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."

The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported Thursday that Dell'Omo was to become La Salle's president, but later reported that he had withdrawn.

La Salle's current president, Brother Michael McGinniss, is leaving the university after 15 years.

Dell'Omo, who has been at Robert Morris since 2005, is well-regarded and has Philadelphia roots. He served as a vice president and dean of the business school at St. Joseph's University.

Dell'Omo helped increase Robert Morris' endowment substantially, and on his watch, the school boosted enrollment, graduation, and retention rates and added online programs. Its campus expanded, too, with several new buildings.


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