Search Committee

Providing leadership to the committee charged with securing Hiram College's next president is a seasoned professional who has routinely gone above and beyond to support his alma mater.

Bob Turner, a 1972 graduate of Hiram and senior vice president of the Union Pacific Corporation, answered the call to chair the search committee for Hiram's 22nd president.

"These are very challenging times for all businesses, including institutions of higher learning," said Turner, a Board of Trustees member. "We've had wonderful success during Tom Chema's presidency. Finding the right person to build on all that has been accomplished during the past 10 years and take the College to the next level of achievement is our task. I'm honored to have been asked to serve Hiram in this capacity."

Joining Turner are faculty and staff members across all walks of campus and academic life.

Doug Brattebo, Assistant Professor, Political Science; Director, Center for Engaged Ethics

Brattebo coordinates all aspects of the Center for Engaged Ethics's programming and operation, and he works to establish formal relationships with other higher education ethics centers. Trained as a scholar of executive leadership, his interests reside at the nexus of ethical leadership, civic education, globalization and the preservation of the planet. He's currently working on his next book, Presidential Ethics.

Christopher Ryan, Art Department Chair, Associate Professor

Ryan began teaching at Hiram in 2003. He now serves as department chair, gallery director and art professor, and he teaches painting, drawing and design. Informed by his experiences living in Italy, Ryan's artwork reflects a fascination with the ancient and medieval mosaic and inlaid stone floors found throughout Italy. Ryan has exhibited his work in solo and group shows in the U.S. and Italy, and most recently at the Canton Museum of Art, where he is a featured artist in the Canton Art Museum exhibition; the University of Akron and the Erie Art Museum.

Colin Anderson, Associate Professor, Philosophy

Anderson has been at Hiram since 2002, and he currently serves as associate professor of philosophy. He specializes in ethics and ancient philosophy, teaching classes such as Animals and Ethics, Introduction to Logic and upper level seminars on Socrates and Plato, and he also coaches Hiram's ethics bowl team. In 2011, Anderson became the George and Arlene Foote Chair in Ethics and Values.

Michelle Nario-Redmond, Psychology Department Chair, Associate Professor

Nario-Redmond is associate professor and chair of the Psychology Department at Hiram. As a social psychologist, she specializes in stereotyping, prejudice and disability studies. Additional research focuses on the measurement of disability stereotypes, the sources of disability prejudice and the antecedents and consequences of paternalistic pity and inspiration toward people with disabilities. She is also interested in the risk and protective factors associated with persistence in higher education.

Robert Haak, Vice President, Dean

Haak assumed the role of vice president and dean of the College in 2012. He's an accomplished scholar with a focus on the Hebrew Bible, he has a documented record of extraordinary classroom teaching and a demonstrated commitment to scholarly activities and meaningful service to the community. Haak's philosophy is that small liberal arts institutions like Hiram are the best places in our culture for cultivating a sense of community and civility in the world.

Laura Van Wormer, Physics Department Chair, Professor

Van Wormer joined the Hiram community in 1993, and she has served on numerous committees. Her strength of will and keen intellect allowed her to excel as chair of the Hiram faculty. She values dissent, knowing better solutions are often found only after listening to alternative perspectives. She is a tough teacher who is unapologetic about setting high expectations for her students. At the same time, she is always available to students, willing to do whatever is necessary to help them succeed.

Liz Okuma, Associate Vice President of Student Affairs/Associate Dean of Students

Okuma has been with Hiram for 15 years. She supervises the campus safety department and citizenship education, coordinates new student orientation and institute, and teaches in the first year program. She earned her B.S. in elementary and secondary education from Bowling Green State University, her master's in higher education from the University of Georgia, and is currently pursuing her Ph.D. in education leadership and human resources from Colorado State University. She is a certified ropes course instructor. In addition to serving on College committees, Okuma acts as a liaison to the Athletic Department, is chair of the campus emergency response team and coordinates family/parent programs and retention services.

Don Kaatz '74, President and CEO of Adventure Growth, Inc.

Adventure Growth, Inc. (AGI) is a personal investment firm which focuses predominantlyon the biotech venture capital market. AGI was formed in January 2000 following the successful divestiture of Kaatz's primary company, Tronco, Inc. Kaatz also successfully turned around Anderson International participated in the launch of a furniture company in the former Soviet Union, assisted his late father in building the first luxury hotel in Beijing, and started a wildlife art business called Sportsman's Collection, Inc. Kaatz is actively involved in his community, and he and his wife Linda have two children and one granddaughter.

Elizabeth Juliano '84, Founder, Litigation Management, Inc.

Juliano founded Litigation Management, Inc. (LMI), to help large corporations, their lawyers and insurance companies understand complex medical information in personal injury and product liability lawsuits. LMI has grown to a 60-person operation with a client base comprised primarily of Fortune 500 companies. Juliano has presented papers at legal conferences and published articles in multiple legal journals. A supporter of Hiram's Center for Literature and Medicine, she has helped launch a new venture for the Center by providing a venue for Hiram faculty to present lunchtime seminars for her employees on topics in literature and medicine. She also teaches law, medicine and business courses in Hiram's Weekend College.

Kathy Coleman '87, Trustee

Along with serving as an advocate and ambassador for Hiram College, Coleman is the first Weekend College graduate to be elected as a member of the board of trustees. A community advocate, volunteer and leader, Coleman played a leading role planning the American Red Cross Ball, one of the largest fund-raising events in Northeast Ohio. She co-chaired the capital campaign for the Cleveland Music School settlement, and worked with other organizations such as the Cleveland Ballet, the Junior League of Cleveland, the Cleveland Orchestra and the Chagrin Valley Theatre.

Tom Harvie, Member, Audit Committee and Nursing Program Advisory Council; Trustee

Harvie is a member of the audit committee and the nursing program advisory council, and Hiram board of trustees. A graduate of Stanford University, he received a law degree from Yale University. He served as a litigator in the Army JAG Corps and as a corporate attorney with the New York law firm Debevoise and Plimpton before transitioning to the corporate world. He is retired senior vice president and general counsel for the Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company. In his spare time, Harvie serves as a public trustee to NOCHE, the Northeast Ohio Council on Higher Education.

Roger Baldwin '69, Trustee

Baldwin has dedicated his career to the improvement of higher education as an educator, providing research and writing many publications on various aspects of the subject. He has served his alma mater as the master of ceremonies for G. Benjamin Oliver's inauguration, as the AEB president, the chaperone of an EMS trip to England in 1989 and as a member of the Class Reunion Committee. He is professor of higher, adult and lifelong education at Michigan State University. He has published much literature on fostering faculty vitality and new developments in higher education.

Kenneth Moore '69, Chair, Board of Trustees

A Harvard Law School graduate, Moore is a partner at the multi-state law firm Squire, Sanders and Dempsey. He worked as a law clerk for Judge Winter of the U.S. Court of Appeals, Fourth Circuit, and he served in the United States Army. He went on to chair the Ohio Finance Committee for then presidential candidate Jimmy Carter. He also served as a delegate to the 1976 National Democratic Convention. Through his help, Hiram has established an endowment for an annual award presented to an outstanding junior majoring in philosophy or psychology. He chairs Hiram's Board of Trustees.

Marty Clague '64, Trustee

Clague has supported Hiram financially and with his time as a trustee. He joined IBM in 1966, where he ultimately served as vice president for global industries e-business solutions and led the company's initiative to promote leading-edge electronic technologies. He served as president, CEO and director at Unisphere Solutions, a telecom startup, as an independent e-business consultant, then in a number of positions, including president, CEO and director at Covansys Corp., a global consulting and technology company. He has helped start a Friends of Technology group at Hiram to provide operating funds for improvements to the technology network.

Gay Cull Addicott, Trustee

Gay Cull Addicott is a member of Hiram's Board of Trustees. She graduated from Western Reserve University and attended the Weatherhead School of Business and Ohio Wesleyan University. Gay served on the Shaker Heights City Council and, with her late husband, was co-owner of the former Sterling Manufacturing Co. in Delphi, Ohio. Gay also serves on the Boards of Trustees at the Cleveland Musical Arts Association, the parent organization of The Cleveland Orchestra, and the Cleveland Institute of Music.

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