Governor Strickland signed House Bill 562 this week, which included $500,000 to support Hiram College’s Garfield Institute for Public Leadership.
Established in honor of James A. Garfield, the Garfield Institute for Public Leadership prepares students to assume the responsibilities of public leadership by developing expertise in matters of public policy, foreign and domestic, grounded in Hiram’s traditional liberal arts education.
With the approval of the budget bill, the $500,000 will support the reconstruction of the Mecca Community Church, which was transported to Hiram and put into storage last year. As the home of the Garfield Institute, housing offices and meeting spaces, the church will become a landmark on the Hiram College campus when construction is complete. The church will be located on the northeast corner of the intersection of Routes 700, 82, and 305 in Hiram.
James A. Garfield is among the most notable figures in American history, having served as Hiram College’s president prior to devoting his life to public leadership. Garfield was elected to the Ohio Senate in 1859, then to the U.S. House of Representatives, where he rose to the leading Republication in the House. In 1880, he was elected President of the United States. His presidency ended after only six months, after he was shot by Charles J. Guiteau, who was disgruntled about failed attempts to earn a federal post.