Hiram College

Hiram College’s new School of Business & Communication will now carry the name of one of its most distinguished alums – Scarborough School of Business & Communication at Hiram College.

The College will officially announce the naming of its newly formed school for Dean Scarborough ‘77, retired CEO of Avery Dennison Corporation, during its Matriculation Convocation on August 23. Scarborough holds a bachelor’s degree in economics from Hiram College, a Master of Business Administration from the University of Chicago, and is the current Chair of the College’s Board of Trustees.

In April, the College announced that Scarborough and wife Janice Bini had gifted $6 million in support of the college’s goal to become a national model for the New Liberal Arts. In May, the Board of Trustees approved a series of academic redesign recommendations that include organizing emerging and existing majors into one of five schools: School of Arts, Humanities & Culture; School of Business & Communication; School of Education, Civic Leadership & Social Change; School of Health & Medical Humanities; and the School of Science & Technology. The Scarborough School of Business & Communication is the first school of the five to be named from a philanthropic gift.

The five schools were established to connect like majors to each other so that students can explore both enduring questions and contemporary challenges and opportunities through different disciplines. According to Lori Varlotta, Hiram College President, “The schools provide an academic structure that will fuel and fortify the integrative thinking and doing around which the New Liberal Arts are focused. With this new structure, we expect to have a larger number of upper-division courses, cross-listed with courses in different majors. This will ensure that juniors and seniors from different majors are bringing together multiple perspectives, theories, and methodologies to examine the complex issues at play.”

She added, “Dean Scarborough and Janice Bini’s gift has positioned Hiram as a collegiate innovator—one that will create and exemplify a distinctly structured model that prepares students for graduate school or just about any 21st-century career they wish to embrace or explore.”

“Janice and I know that many colleges talk about the liberal arts providing the perfect foundation for personal fulfillment and career advancement,” says Scarborough. “However, few of them are configuring their entire academic structure in ways that pave a concrete path to both. Hiram’s New Liberal Arts is doing exactly that, and we are thrilled to support it.”

The gift is the largest single gift in Hiram College’s 168-year history.