Hiram College
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Left to right: Chris Dorsey, Ph.D., President, Higher Education & Leadership Ministries; Charisse L. Gillett, Ed.D., President, Lexington Theological Seminary; Kristine A. Culp, Ph.D., Dean, Disciples Divinity House, University of Chicago; Lori Varlotta, Ph.D., President, Hiram College; Kelly Thompson, Ed.D., President, Culver-Stockton College. Photos courtesy of Higher Education & Leadership Ministries of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ)

lori-panel720Hiram College President Lori Varlotta, Ph.D., recently spoke about the role of women in higher education and leadership at the Higher Education & Leadership Ministries (HELM) dinner and discussion in Columbus, Ohio. HELM, of the Disciples of Christ Church, works with wider church and higher education partners to develop and nurture Christian leaders who are transforming church, society and world.

The discussion, which included a panel of female leaders in higher education, took place July 20, 2015, and was part of the Disciples of Christ General Assembly.

Along with Dr. Varlotta, panelists included:

  • Kristine A. Culp, Ph.D., Dean of the Disciples Divinity House, University of Chicago
  • Charisse L. Gillett, Ed.D., President, Lexington Theological Seminary
  • Kelly Thompson, Ed.D., President, Culver-Stockton College

Dr. Varlotta and her fellow panelists discussed key positive changes in higher education for women over the last 30 years, challenges women still face in higher education and how having more women in leadership impacts higher education.

More than a hundred people – a mixture of clergy and lay persons – participated in the dinner and discussion.

The Disciples of Christ founded Hiram College in 1850, as the Western Reserve Eclectic Institute. Since the College’s first days, it has been nonsectarian and coeducational, and throughout its existence, Hiram College has sustained the Disciples’ egalitarian tradition of educating men and women from diverse backgrounds.

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