Rider University faculty union votes no confidence in its president

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Rider University’s faculty union has passed a no-confidence vote against university president Gregory G. Dell’Omo and his financial team.


Members of the Rider AAUP chapter, including professors and coaches, took a one-week electronic vote through Tuesday. Of those who voted, 75 percent voted for the resolution criticizing Dell’Omo and his team, the union said Wednesday morning.

“A series of rash actions by president Dell’Omo and a decade of dubious financial management by his financial team has compelled Rider’s faculty to pass this motion,” the union said in a statement.


The statement cites a 2015 decision to conduct layoffs — which was later halted after the union agreed to concessions — and a decision to sell Westminster Choir College, as well as “his refusal to truly negotiate with the AAUP.”





A Rider spokesman said the administration had no immediate comment and would release a statement after reviewing the union statement.

Dell’Omo, Rider’s seventh president, joined the university in August 2015 after a decade as the president of Robert Morris University. He inherited a university facing significant long-term pressures, and last year enrollment fell to the lowest in at least two decades.

“The university is facing continued deficits over the next several years which cannot be sustained without adversely impacting the university as a whole,” he and trustee chair Michael B. Kennedy said in an email blast last year, after announcing the decision to study the future of its Westminster Choir College campus in Princeton.

The no-confidence vote had initially been scheduled for last month but was delayed because of concerns about the timing and having enough time to discuss the resolution.




Some professors have publicly supported Dell’Omo.

“I think there are, at Rider, faculty who want to be obstructionist, and it doesn’t matter who the president is,” Aaron Moore, a communications professor since 2006, said last month. “It’s someone coming in making changes, and by nature these changes are going to alter the way these people have worked the past 25, 30 years, so they’re going to be upset with the president.”

















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