Hiram College will celebrate the inauguration of David P. Haney, Ph.D., an established higher education leader, as its 23rd president during a week-long celebration of events that will conclude with the inauguration ceremony on Thursday, May 12 at 2 p.m. in the College’s Paul Martin Fieldhouse.  

Dr. Haney came to Hiram College after serving two years as the president of Centenary University, a private liberal arts University in Hackettstown, New Jersey. Prior to his presidency at Centenary, Dr. Haney served four years as the vice president for academic affairs at Emory & Henry College, in Southwest Virginia. He also held administrative and faculty positions at Appalachian State University, Black Hills State University, Auburn University, and Swarthmore College. Dr. Haney began his administrative career as dean of students at the Cambridge School of Weston, a progressive secondary boarding and day school in Weston, Massachusetts. 

Serving as the keynote speaker for the inauguration ceremony is Hal Williams, former CEO of The Rensselaerville Institute and currently an Outcome Guide who has helped foundations and nonprofits, both large and small, use an outcome-based approach. He is lead author of Outcome Funding: a New Approach to Targeted Grantmaking. Now in its fourth edition, the book is widely used in the United States and Europe as a framework for allocating and spending money to improve human lives and conditions. Williams has also served as lead consultant to a U.S. Presidential Commission and consults directly with governors, corporate CEO’s, foundation directors, and other leaders. 

“The theme for this inauguration—Designing Results for a Sustainable Future—is all about positioning Hiram College as an institution that is sustainable in every sense of the word, as a vibrant member of both a higher education and a planetary ecosystem,” said David P. Haney, Ph.D., president of Hiram College. “We are working hard to design a future that will honor Hiram’s 172-year history while responding to the urgent challenges of our times and creating a distinctive environment in which our students can thrive and succeed.” 

Inauguration Schedule of Events: 

Thursday, May 5 

Ice Cream Social Study Break with President Haney and Lisa Baldwin from 1 – 3 p.m. in the Kennedy Center 

Take a study break and stop by the Kennedy Center to congratulate President Haney and Lisa Baldwin, and enjoy an ice cream sundae. While there, check out President Haney’s scrapbook display and enter a presidential trivia contest with a chance to win Hiram gear, gift cards, and more.  

Saturday, May 7   

Terrier Trot at the James H. Barrow Biological Field Station from 3 – 4:30 p.m. 
You and your pup(s) are invited to a family-friendly dog walk through Hiram’s Field Station. Join President Haney, Lisa Baldwin, and First Dog Jefferson Garfield for a 1-mile walk, followed by snacks and hot chocolate. This event is open to faculty, staff, students, and alumni. Registration required. 

Thursday, May 12 

23% Bookstore Discount 
The Bookstore will offer a 23% discount in honor of President Haney and in preparation of Spirit Day on Thursday. Alumni and friends not on campus can use the code HIRAM23 at https://www.hiramcollegebookstore.com/ 

Spirit Day 
Show your Terrier pride by wearing Hiram colors on Inauguration Day. Students, alumni, faculty, staff, and friends are encouraged to wear their blue and red and share photos on social media. 

Lawton Collection and Student Art Showcase in Bates Lobby 
During the 1970’s, Florian Lawton was active on Hiram’s campus, teaching students and creating insightful videos on the Amish culture in the area. Lawton’s artwork is now housed in corporate and private collections, including the White House in Washington D.C. Last year, trustee of the Lawton Foundation, Kenneth Lawton, generously donated 186 pieces of Florian’s art to Hiram College. View Florian’s spectacular artwork on display alongside pieces from Hiram’s current students. 

Inaugural Brunch from 11:45 a.m. – 1 p.m.  
*Invitation only. 

Inauguration Ceremony at 2 p.m. in Hayden Auditorium
Seating will begin at 1:30 p.m. and the processional will begin at 2 p.m. The inauguration ceremony is open to the campus community and the public. Registration is required. Visit https://www.hiram.edu/inauguration/ to register. 

Inaugural All-Campus Reception under the Hinsdale Arch
The all-campus reception will Immediately follow the inauguration ceremony.  

President’s Reception from 5:30 – 7 p.m.  
*Invitation only. 

For more information about President Haney or the inauguration events, please visit www.hiram.edu/inauguration.  

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