Hiram College

Patrick Roberts, Vice President for Development Public Affairs and Alumni Relations at Hiram College is one of only four fundraising executives nationwide identified as a “Fundraising Star” by Philadelphia-based Fundraising Success Magazine. The Magazine invites nominations nationwide every year from fundraising professionals. The magazine applauded Roberts for his positive attitude and enthusiasm, as well as his leadership.

In honoring Roberts, the magazine cited his colleagues’ opinion that he is a strong team-builder, who is vigilant, leads by example and helps his team “enhance their strengths and strengthen their weaknesses.”

In her nominating letter, Jenifer Warren, Assistant Director, Major Gifts at Hiram, said Roberts “never asks his co-workers to do anything he wouldn’t do (and sometimes when we don’t).”

Proof that Roberts and his staff are extremely effective is found in a group of recent gifts and awards Hiram has received totaling approximately $2.8 million.

The bulk of a $1 million gift from the estate of Jim and Marcella Nelson will go to the college’s endowment, which is used to secure the College’s financial future. Mr. Nelson, a Cleveland area businessman, was a 1942 graduate of Hiram.

A $700,000 gift from the estate of E. Bruce and Virginia Chaney, will support a major renovation of the locker room facilities in the Price Gymnasium. Mr. Chaney, a food services entrepreneur, attended Hiram for one year in the 1930’s. The locker room renovations, projected to be complete by this summer, update facilities not included during recent construction of the Coleman Athletic Center. The linked Nelson and Chaney gifts will also support installation of artificial turf at the football stadium, enabling a broader range of intramural and intercollegiate athletic activities.

A $320,000 grant from the Paul and Maxine Frohring Foundation, and a grant totaling $62,512 from the Kent H. Smith Award will support material, staffing and research opportunities at the College’s James H. Barrow Biological Field Station. The Frohring grant will help endow the Field Station director’s position, wetlands assessments and curriculum-related student research.  The Smith award will be used to support forest ecology and native bird research and to provide signage and fencing at the facility.

Finally, a $500,000 gift from former Hiram Trustee Charles “Chuck” Miller , through the estate of his parents, Paul C. and Kathryn Miller, will support renovation of the former Miller Dining Hall as the new location of the college Student Life offices and for enhancing services for student s returning to civilian life after serving in the military.