“It [the collective cooperation] is the strongest it’s been here in my 10 years and I think we’re all moving in the right direction.”
Dr. Greg Dell’Omo likes what he sees when it comes to the current state of the NEC.
After passing the gavel at his final meeting as the NEC Council of Presidents Chair, Robert Morris’ President voiced his pleasure about the general direction of the 10-member conference for which his institution was a founding member back in 1981.
“[We were] talking about the overall involvement and commitment of each of the institutions in the Northeast Conference,” Dell’Omo said during a post-meeting interview session.
“It’s a very strong union of schools, very strong union of Presidents. We’re all on the same page, and that’s exciting for the future of the Conference.”
Dell’Omo, alongside NEC Commissioner Noreen Morris, ran the annual Presidential spring meeting at conference headquarters in Somerset, NJ on June 2.
In a meeting that lasted nearly six hours, the NEC Council of Presidents discussed a variety of topics including NCAA and governance issues while also approving the Conference’ 2015 Fiscal Year budget.
The Council also approved two motions that will bring immediate change to the NEC fan experience.
Dell’Omo and his colleagues allocated funds for additional in-arena LED signage that will compliment the electronic scorers’ tables that were installed throughout the league two years ago.
Additionally, the Presidents committed funding to enhance the HD viewing experience on NEC Front Row. More details on what this will mean for fans will be coming later this summer.
Bryant University President Ronald Machtley, a former US Congressman who has served in his current post since 1996, succeeds Dell’Omo as the Council’s Chair.
“I take it as a great honor,” said Machtley after accepting the responsibility.
“Working with our Commissioner Noreren Morris, there is a great opportunity for us to continue to elevate the NEC to a level of excellence athletically and academically.”
St. Francis Brooklyn President Brendan Dugan will serve as the newly-appointed Vice Chair.
Although he is no longer the Chair, Dell’Omo vowed to stay active on the Council and expressed his belief that the state of the NEC is strong.
“That’s the first battle in conferences – to make sure we’re all working toward the same direction,” he said. “It [the collective cooperation] is the strongest it’s been here in my 10 years and I think we’re all moving in the right direction.”
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Think Ron Machtley is elated over Bryant’s on-field success this past academic year? Check out one of his latest tweets…
When you win the NEC Commissioner’s Cup for the first time, it is a reason to celebrate the winning Bryant teams pic.twitter.com/5K8RHzRYcB
— Ronald Machtley (@BryantUprez) June 4, 2014
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