Hiram College

Hiram College continues to expand access to its high-quality liberal arts degree by developing and implementing new enrollment strategies. As part of this expansion, the College is pleased to announce the appointment of two individuals to its leadership team.

Daniel P. Summers II will join the College as vice president for enrollment management, and Hiram alumnus Chad Ahren, Ph.D. ’98 will become the executive director of strategic enrollment initiatives. Lori Varlotta, Ph.D., president of Hiram College, said that the expertise these new colleagues bring will make the College’s remarkably strong leadership team even stronger.

“We are confident that Daniel and Chad will have a major impact on helping Hiram execute key priorities in our Strategic Plan, especially those related to innovative enrollment strategies,” said Varlotta. “Both have the operational expertise, liberal arts experience, and collaborative leadership style that make them well suited for these Hiram posts. We are pleased to welcome them aboard.”

Summers comes to Hiram from Southern Vermont College, where he was vice president for enrollment management for the past two years. Prior to that, he served as vice president and dean of admissions at the College. He has more than ten years of experience in higher education, with the majority of his career focused in admissions. 

Serving as the chief enrollment officer for the College, Summers will oversee the operations, staff, and budget for the Admission Office for the traditional college and the Center for Adult Studies, as well as the Office of Financial Aid.

Ahren, meanwhile, will help fuel the College’s enrollment diversification strategies, including its high school dual enrollment program (College Credit Plus) and new international pathways to John Cabot University and Interdisciplinary Center Herzliya (IDC). In addition, he will explore partnership opportunities with Northeast Ohio businesses to address unmet economic and workforce development needs.

Ahren earned his Bachelor of Arts in philosophy from Hiram in 1998; a Master of Science from Canisius College in Buffalo, New York in 2001; and a Doctor of Philosophy from Indiana University in 2009.

Like Summers, Ahren’s entire professional career has been in higher education. He returns to Hiram after serving as a strategy officer for the Lumina Foundation, where he has managed initiatives to improve college and university efforts to facilitate degree completion, support adult students, and reduce racial bias in educational systems. Prior to that, Ahren was the director of the Office of Student Involvement at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI) and director of student conduct at Rhodes College.

Both begin their work this summer. Summers starts on June 24 and Ahren on July 15.