Dear faculty, staff, and students,
It’s that preciously sweet time of the year when many of us enjoy the warmth of the Northeast Ohio sun and the stunningly green carpets of grass. Let’s hope this wet weather pattern finally gives way to a drier one as several college events are fast approaching.
At Hiram, summer is a critically important time for so many of us. This summer, we have groups of faculty collaborating to design the ePortfolio and signature assignment features of the New Liberal Arts. There are also a number of us writing and editing sections of the HLC report. Additionally, the Alumni Relations and Development team is making final preparations to welcome back to campus alumni from across the country for Alumni Weekend, and Matthew McKenna’s team is putting final touches on the second annual Tech & Trek conference. And perhaps most importantly, the Admission and Athletics teams are hard at work trying to bring in the incoming class.
Speaking of admissions, I am pleased to inform you that we will be bringing in two new colleagues to augment the College’s comprehensive admissions efforts. On June 24th, Daniel Summers will assume the position of vice president of enrollment management; a few weeks later, Hiram alumnus Chad Ahren ‘98 will assume many of the duties soon to be vacated by Dr. Sandy Madar.
Daniel comes to Hiram by way of Southern Vermont College, where he served as vice president for enrollment management. In his new role at Hiram, he 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. For now, College Relations will still report to Jen Schuller as I continue to evaluate the reporting structure. Dr. Chad Ahren returns to Hiram after serving, most recently, as a strategy officer for the Lumina Foundation, overseeing efforts to facilitate degree completion, support adult students, and reduce racial bias in educational systems. Starting on July 15th, Chad will serve his alma mater by fueling 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.
We are also excited to announce that we are bringing in a diversity dissertation/teaching fellow in fine arts, and at the current time, we have hired faculty in marketing, sociology, and economics. Announcements for those individuals will be released soon.
While the beginning of a new fiscal year ushers in several new colleagues, it is also the time when others leave the campus or try something new.
Speaking of the latter, after having a highly successful career in athletics, Ellen Dempsey will move from her post as the athletics director on June 30th to the role of major gifts officer in the Development and Alumni Relations Office. At the same time, we will welcome Todd Hibbs as Hiram’s new athletics director on July 1. In addition, Dave Everett is off to a highly deserved retirement. Tomorrow, he puts in his last day of work after serving for more than two decades as the director of the Hiram College Library. And, at a farewell party on June 11, we will be wishing Sandy Madar all of the best as she steps away from Hiram to assume a deanship at the University of Mount Union yet this summer.
Personnel changes are not the only ones that mark this time of year. Campus improvement projects are also in full swing once again. Thanks to village and donor support, students, faculty, and staff will soon enjoy all of the following: new sidewalks, upgrades to several biology and chemistry laboratories, residence hall improvements, repairs and renovations to the Pendleton House, library enhancements, a new heating and cooling system in the Showboat Theatre, and the restoration of the campus fountain.
There is nothing lazy about summer days at Hiram College.