Emeritus professor continues to criticize Dell’Omo’s impact on Rider – The Rider News

By Gerald D. Klein

No university can survive when current professors cannot recommend it to others as a place of work, when they leave in disgust or retire prematurely.

But that’s where we are right now at Rider and for way too long.

Know that right now your faculty is fighting to save the university and the people and programs that prepare students for life and careers. Prior to President Gregory Dell’Omo, Rider prepared students for life and careers at all of its schools and colleges.

The faculty is central to the mission of a university. Its morale, retention, and replenishment are a key and essential priority for a university’s board of trustees and president. At Rider, based on these standards, the president and the board of directors have failed.

Over a period of seven years, Rider’s president failed to provide financial stability and security to the university. He admitted in a memo announcing the hiring of Credo a year ago that he and his team had failed to meet vital student enrollment and retention goals.

Seven years is enough. The president continually blames external factors for this, such as the pandemic and declining numbers of young college-aged adults. However, data collected and reported by the Rider Chapter of the American Association of University Teachers shows that in the five years of his pre-pandemic tenure, similar area colleges and universities were showing revenue gains. net while Rider posted losses.

Rider has also lost millions and spent millions because of the President’s decisions and actions regarding Westminster Choir College – fueled by his pursuit of a quick buck, and the losses here go far beyond dollars and are absolutely tragic.

In organizations, continually blaming others and not owning up to your mistakes makes you unmanageable and constitutes an organizational risk.

What stands out to me, as a former business professor, is the continued support of the President by the Rider Board of Directors. In class, we drew on research to discuss the difficulty leaders and organizations have in admitting their mistakes and faults, and the related phenomenon of wasting money after harm. Board members work for organizations where, I assure you, the president’s reputation and track record would have led to his replacement a long time ago.

Perhaps the president’s retention has to do with the millions the university would have to pay to terminate his current contract, which expires in 2024. In October 2020, without the president showing any significant accomplishment and burdened by the first vote of no confidence, the board granted the president a contract extension, adding two more years to the remaining two years. It was a surprise and extremely premature for many and for me, and many felt that the contract extension was more motivated by spite – “I’ll show you.” – only reason; angered by the forces that led to the withdrawal of the Chinese company, Kaiwen, as a potential buyer from Westminster. Today, this business continues to operate at a loss.

Gerald D. Klein

Emeritus Professor of Organizational Behavior and Management

Originally printed in the 3/23/22 issue.

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