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Sherman C. Dean, II, Director of Admission

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Fun Facts:  

  • I am Cleveland sports fan!! (Sad, I know…)
  • I am married and have three sons (all play sports).
  • Two people I played football with in high school made it to the NFL.
  • I played high school basketball with a person who made it to the NBA.
  • I was once kidnapped.
  • I am a member of Theta Alpha Phi – national theatre honorary.
  • I love long walks and great conversation.


  • Music (creating my own low budget beats)
  • Following professional and high school sports
  • Watching horror movies


  • Book – The Talisman by Stephen King
  • Movie - Scarface and The Godfather Trilogy (tie)
  • TV Show – Cleveland Browns and Cavalier games
  • Musician/Band - Jodeci
  • Food - French fries
  • Quote to live by – “Treat people the way you wish to be treated.”

Who do you look up to the most, and why?

My grandfather was a wonderful role model. He was a pastor of a church, married for 60-plus years and a devoted father. I do hope that I can be half of the man that he was.

What is your favorite thing about Hiram?

The family atmosphere. There is a caring environment that words simply don’t do justice, but everyone “feels” when they decide to join our community.

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from Columbus, Cincinnati, Pennsylvania, Michigan or selected schools in Cuyahoga County … just ask!


Quilt art by Betsy Bauman on exhibit at Hiram College, Sept. 9-Oct. 6
Storytelling, art history and an artist’s viewpoint (as a woman connected to quilt makers of the past) intermingle in Betsy Bauman’s works. A quilt artist...
‘Borders’ Exhibit Opens at Hiram College’s Gelbke Art Gallery
The Hiram College Art Department presents “Borders,” a photography and ceramics installation by guest artist Reba Rye, Jan. 22-Feb. 16, 2016 at the College’s Gelbke...
Art professor earns competitive summer residency in France
Christopher Ryan, associate professor of art, has earned a highly competitive residency in Léhon, France, this summer, from May 23 to July 18, 2015. This...
‘Tronies and Beyond’ exhibit opens at Gelbke Art Gallery
The Hiram College Department of Art will present an art exhibition by painter Margo Miller titled Tronies and Beyond, Jan. 23 through Feb. 6, 2015. The exhibition...
Art Exhibit ‘detour’ Explores Connections Between Artwork – Oct. 24 to Dec. 15
The Hiram College Art Department will present the exhibit ‘detour’ by artist Tom Hubbard from Oct. 24-Dec. 15, 2014 at the Gelbke Art Gallery. The...
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Lisa Bixenstine Safford, Professor and Department Chair

  • 330-569-5307
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  • Gelbke Art