Chad Ahren serves Hiram College as the Executive Director for Strategic Enrollment Initiatives. In this role, he crafts and leads efforts to expand Hiram’s reach to new student populations including high school students who are dual enrolled in the growing College Credit Plus program and adults who seek pathways to new career opportunities. Chad also serves as Hiram’s liaison to international partners such as John Cabot University (Rome, Italy) and the Interdisciplinary Center, IDC, (Herzliya, Israel) with whom the College is collaborating to increase degree options. Each of these programs is designed to bring Hiram’s personal touch and top-notch education to increasing numbers of students who may not have had the opportunity otherwise to study at a private liberal arts college.
Chad is an alumnus of Hiram College, holding a degree in Philosophy from 1998. Since then, he has served in more progressively responsible and far-reaching roles in and around higher education. He has supervised student activities, leadership development, and fraternity/sorority life at Westminster College (MO), student conduct at Rhodes College, and a wide range of student involvement functions at Indiana University – Purdue University in Indianapolis. He has also led client services for the National Survey of Student Engagement. Most recently, he served as Strategy Officer at Lumina Foundation, where he led national initiatives to improve postsecondary conditions and outcomes for adult students and students of color.
In addition to a degree from Hiram, Chad holds a master’s degree in College Student Personnel Administration from Canisius College (2001) and a PhD in Higher Education and Student Affairs from Indiana University (2009).