Donor Spotlight: Richard P. ’79 and Theresa I. Romeo
As soon as Rich Romeo ’79 begins to talk about Muhlenberg, his passion for the College becomes apparent. An alumnus from the Class of 1979, Rich earned his Bachelor of Arts in political science before going on to obtain his J.D. from Brooklyn Law School. Now an established attorney, he attributes much of his success to the time he spent at Muhlenberg.
“I received a great education. Even though I only spent four years of my life at Muhlenberg, the impact of my ’Berg experience has had a huge impact on my life, even today,” says Rich. He says that Muhlenberg has helped expand his professional network. He also stays in touch with many professors and administrators who were great teachers and mentors to him. “Dr. Nelvin Vos, Dr. Lud Schlecht and Dr. Alton Slane taught me so much. And although Dr. Jim Vaughan and Coach Frank Marino are no longer with us, I consider them role models.”
Just as important to Rich are the friendships and relationships he formed at Muhlenberg. He was a member of Tau Kappa Epsilon fraternity, and his brothers are still some of his best friends today. He looks forward to getting together with them throughout the year. He also met his wife Terri through a Muhlenberg friend, and Terri fit right in as part of the Muhlenberg family.
Rich has been a very active alumnus, serving as an Admissions Ambassador, chair of the Henry Melchior Muhlenberg Society, chair of the Muhlenberg Fund and as an Associate Trustee before joining the Board of Trustees in 1999, where he currently serves as Secretary of the Board. Rich is a committed volunteer and says he learned about the importance of service from his parents. “From a young age, they taught me how important it is to give back to the community.”
Rich and Terri decided that they wanted to find another way to make a difference at Muhlenberg, and when the Muhlenberg Match Scholarship Challenge was announced, they thought it was the perfect opportunity to establish an endowed scholarship. Once it is fully funded, The Richard P. ’79 and Theresa I. Romeo Scholarship Fund will make a Muhlenberg education accessible to a deserving student in need of financial aid. Rich and Terri are thrilled to be able to give back in this way. “As hard as you work to advance your career, others have helped you along the way. It is important to acknowledge that and to help others,” says Rich.
They also believe that the Muhlenberg Match Scholarship Challenge makes establishing an endowed scholarship an attainable goal for many more people. “In these times, scholarship money is more important than ever. Through Muhlenberg Match, groups of friends can get together and make a pledge over five years, making this a more affordable option. They can honor a classmate, professor or coach with the scholarship,” says Terri.
Rich says, “We’re only here for a little while. This scholarship is our way of helping generations of talented students enjoy the benefits of a Muhlenberg education that we have enjoyed so much.”