Ronald Tomalis, secretary of education for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, granted Neumann University final approval to operate as a university within the
state on May 10, 2011. Neumann was first granted provisional university status
on April 24, 2009.
At the 2011 Commencement Exercises, Dr. Rosalie Mirenda, president of Neumann, shared the good news with the graduates and their families. “Neumann is now a university forevermore,” she said.
Detailed reports regarding Neumann’s transition to a university between 2009 and 2011 were required by Harrisburg prior to the granting of final and permanent university status. Jonathan Peri, Esq., vice president and general counsel for Neumann, supervised the research, writing and organization of the final report, which he delivered to the Pennsylvania Department of Education in April 2011.
In his letter to Dr. Mirenda, Tomalis wrote, “I thank the university for its contributions to date to the higher education of this commonwealth, and I wish it continued success in providing students excellence in education.”