Hiram College announced Feb. 4, 2014, that Dr. Lori Varlotta, currently senior vice president for planning, enrollment management and student affairs at California State University, Sacramento, will succeed President Tom Chema as the 22nd president of the institution. She will be Hiram College’s first female president.
Several Northeast Ohio media outlets conducted interviews with Dr. Varlotta following the announcement. Read the stories below:
Ken Moore, chair of the Hiram College Board of Trustees, on the appointment:
“She’s had a student focus to her career,” he says. “We wanted someone interested in student success,” he says.
Moore says when Varlotta takes the helm in August, he hopes she’ll help Hiram focus on outreaching to a diverse group of students, including veterans and adults seeking retraining.
“She is a person who is first in her family to go to college,” Moore says. “I think she will be a role model to other students.”
[quote]“In many ways, it feels like coming home. From the moment I stepped on campus, I felt that people felt connected to each other. People really knew each other and what was going on in each other’s lives.”Ken Moore, chair of the Hiram College Board of Trustees, on the appointment:
[quote]“There is a sense of familiarity and family. People know each other. Students feel very comfortable and connected to their faculty. There seemed to be a real sense of collegiality and collective learning. I’ll be honest — you miss it when you get to a larger place.”
Dr. Varlotta, on the topic of several colleges in Northeast Ohio, including Kent State University, the University of Akron and Notre Dame College, all introducing new presidents in 2014:
[quote]“There’s a great opportunity for a whole new class of us to get to know each other and do some networking. That offers a unique opportunity for Ohio, quite frankly. I expect there will be a lot of collaboration.”
[quote]”It does make me proud as someone who has a background in women’s studies and feminist philosophy to have the position as the first female president. I hope I will be a good role model for all students, but I do hope that women students in particular will look at me and see that I am very much like them. If I can get a position at the top of my field, I’m hoping a lot of women students at Hiram will feel the same way about their opportunities.”
Additional Media Coverage:
Coverage of Dr. Varlotta’s appointment was also featured in the following publications: