Throughout the day, she had the opportunity to meet and have lunch with several Hiram College students, whom she praised.
“The Hiram students have been a joy,” she said. “I was impressed by their willingness to engage me in conversation, to ask me hard questions.”
Faculty, staff and the community also had the opportunity to meet and welcome the president-elect at an all-campus reception. Ken Moore, chair of the Board of Trustees, introduced Varlotta and presented her with a Hiram College sweatshirt, recognizing her love of “exercising the body, as well as the mind.”
Varlotta said she is humbled and looking forward to leading Hiram College. She praised President Tom Chema for his work the past 11 years and the strong foundation on which he has secured Hiram College. She promised a smooth transition and a bright future.
“My launch as a president is much more than about positioning a single person for a post,” she said. “It’s about positioning this campus for the future. It’s about all of us.”
Varlotta remains in town through the weekend. Today, Feb. 27, she traveled to Columbus with President Chema and Pat Roberts, vice president for development and alumni relations. She met with several state legislators and will attend an alumni event in the evening. Her visit continues Feb. 28, when she will continue to meet and get to know members of the staff and community.
The Board of Trustees appointed Varlotta, currently senior vice president for planning, enrollment management and student affairs at California State University, Sacramento, earlier this month. She will succeed President Chema, who will retire June 30, 2014, after serving as Hiram’s president for 11 years.
Additional media coverage:
- Record-Courier: New Hiram College leader outlines plans
- Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: New Hiram College president Varlotta hails from Penn Hills
- Akron Beacon Journal: New president at Hiram College plans to be visible to students
Reception photos by Kasey Samuel Adams: