Hiram College

corr-mikeThis week, we feature Mike Corr, Senior Associate Dean of Students and Director of Residential Education. Continue to check back for more faculty and staff profiles.

What attracted you to join the Hiram College community?

I was attracted to Hiram by its small size and the responsibility to create a new Residence Life program.

In your opinion, what is distinctive about Hiram College?

There are many things distinctive about Hiram:

  • It’s size – our rural location works for us not against us
  • The true collaborative nature of the curriculum and the overall community
  • The 12-3 academic calendar
  • Most importantly – the people!

What would you like people to know about you beyond your role here at the college?

Beyond my role at Hiram I am a devoted family person with a great spouse and three awesome children. I am deeply committed to service both at work and through my church.

What is your favorite book and why?

My favorites are really collections of stories by Mitch Album, including Tuesdays with Morrie, The Five People You Meet in Heaven, Have a Little Faith and For One More Day. They have sparked a level of reflection that helps me not forget what is really important to me  – the value of time, trusted friends and family.

How would you describe Hiram students?

Hiram graduates can communicate effectively with the world at-large and have learned the value of developing relationships that add richness to all. I see a comfort level with face-to-face communication that develops over their four-year college experience. Hiram grads exude a confidence level not seen from students from other institutions.

What is your daily interaction with students?

I interact with many students on a daily basis. I have come to appreciate the value that this interaction adds to my life and I can hope that I have added value to theirs. I tell many that Hiram students are the “fuel” to my daily fire energizing me in ways I never thought possible. In many cases students have become “pseudo-family” members as they have positively impacted my life.

What do you enjoy about working at Hiram?

I enjoy the work life I have here at Hiram. It’s a place where you can make a difference every day – and that’s not just some sales pitch – it’s genuine and heartfelt. I came to Hiram in the summer of 1982, was going to stay for 3-4 years and move on, but along the way I fell in love with this community and the impact it’s had on my family.

Finish this thought:  People at Hiram might be surprised to know that I…

… am an avid fan of the Cleveland Indians and the Cleveland Browns.

What opportunities has Hiram offered you as a person?

Hiram has offered me a chance to be a spoke in the wheel of building a community that truly cares for its members while providing me an opportunity to become one of its leaders.

How does living on campus improve a student’s overall experience  at Hiram?

I believe that living on campus provides students with growth opportunities not possible in any other living environment. The exposure to community members “different” from one another and the opportunities for continual intellectual exchange prepares students for life more fully than any classroom experience.