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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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For advising and more information, please contact:

  • Jeff Swenson,
    Department Chair and Associate Professor
  • 330.569.5328
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