Rider President Dell’Omo to receive Community Impact Award from United Way

Rider University and its President, Gregory Dell’Omo, were named co-recipients of this year’s Eugene Marsh Community Impact Award.

The annual award, presented by United Way of Greater Mercer County, is given to those who personify Marsh’s three core values: caring, respect and responsibility. Dell’Omo will join this year’s other winners:

· Jeannine Cimino: EVP and Chief Retail Officer of William Penn Bank;

· Hal English: CEO of the Princeton Mercer Regional Chamber of Commerce;

MP Verlina Reynolds-Jackson: D-Trenton. Winners will be recognized at the United in Impact Awards: Rising Together on April 26 in Hamilton. NJBIA CEO Michele Siekerka will be the keynote speaker.

United Way of Greater Mercer County CEO Sandra Toussaint said the annual event celebrates community champions who demonstrate leadership, passion and commitment to a prosperous and equitable community in their daily lives.

“It is an honor to recognize this year’s Community Champions,” said Toussaint. “Each talented and distinguished champion has made a difference in different ways, whether it’s helping students achieve their dreams, supporting the economic vitality of the community, or advocating for the needs of the most vulnerable.”

The organization inaugurated the Eugene Marsh Community Impact Award last year. Named in honor of Rider’s three-time alumnus, it recognizes an individual, group or organization that exemplifies Marsh’s commitment to mental health, veterans, diversity and anti-racism, as well as those who give back to the community. Following Marsh’s death in January 2021 from complications from COVID-19, Rider renamed his veterans office the Dr. Eugene Marsh Center for Veterans and Military Affairs last November. It is the first space in the University to bear the name of a black alumnus. “Eugene was an amazing person, and I’m so proud to have called him a friend,” Dell’Omo said. “Receiving this award means a lot to me personally, but it’s also a tribute to everyone at Rider who works to continue its meaningful legacy.”

Dell’Omo is Rider’s seventh president since 2015.

Under his leadership, the university developed more than a dozen new undergraduate and graduate academic programs, including the university’s first doctoral program. It also launched its Engaged Learning Program in 2017 and its Inclusive Excellence Plan in 2019.

Rider enjoyed record fundraising during his tenure, including the largest donation in university history and an approximately 36% increase in the university’s endowment.

Proceeds from the event will directly provide food, rental assistance, access to health insurance, tax preparation services, financial coaching and other resources to help individuals and families. to move forward.

For more information and tickets, click here. uwgmc.org/unitedimpactawards

Earnest L. Veasey