The Rider University board of Trustees renewed the appointment of President Gregory Dell’Omo, above, for a second term running through July 31, 2022.

Dell’Omo, who has been Rider’s president since August, 2015, has come under fire in the last two years as the university has negotiated the sale of its music school, Westminster Choir College, in the face of severe budget shortfalls.

Nonetheless, a statement from Board president Robert S. Schimek said the decision to retain Dell’Omo was unanimous and “reaffirms our steadfast belief in President Dell’Omo’s leadership of our university.” Schimek cited accomplishments during Dell’Omo’s tenure including a new strategic plan, reaccreditation, and the beginning of “the most ambitious capital campaign in university history.”

“In addition to his unwavering resolve to transform Rider into a fiscally strong institution committed to its mission of student growth, transformation and leadership, the trustees are confident in President Dell’Omo’s future vision and plan to ensure the successful growth and development of Rider University,” Schimek said.

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