Student Affairs

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Student Affairs At Hiram

Welcome New, Current, and Future Terriers!

The Student Affairs team is dedicated to the physical, emotional, cultural, spiritual, and mental well being of every Hiram student. As Dean of Students, I am continually inspired by what Hiram students and alumni accomplish and contribute to the world. I can think of no better place to be than Hiram and I take seriously the role of Student Affairs in challenging and supporting our students as they learn, grow, and develop.

Our mantra in Student Affairs is to encourage every student to join in and actively participate, achieve to their highest potential, and grow individually and collectively as a community. To be a Hiram Terrier is a source of pride as the College’s rich history is grounded in the idea that anyone from anywhere can make a positive impact anyplace in the world. The future of Hiram is incredibly bright, and I and our dynamic Student Affairs team are delighted to work with students who are smart, thoughtful, kind, and incredibly hard working.


The Dean of Students Office oversees Residence Life, Health and Counseling, Religious and Spiritual Life, Diversity and Inclusion, Campus Involvement, Access and Disability Services, Student Conduct, Dining Services, Campus Safety, Career Services, Leadership Development, and major initiatives such as New Student Orientation and AmeriCorps, among other programs and events.

Hiram has more than 50 student-led clubs and organizations on campus that show interest and cultivate awareness in a range of areas such as art, gaming, religion, cultural diversity, athletics, politics, mental health and wellness, and outdoor adventures, to name a few. The Office of Campus Involvement (OCI), the Terrier Activities Board (TAB), and clubs and organizations play a key role in deploying a menu of fun and educational campus events throughout the year, giving students the opportunity to be involved with all that our community has to offer.

Director of Campus Involvement and Diversity Programming: Julie Hild

Location: Kennedy Center (First Floor)
Phone: 330.569.5182

Disability and academic accessibility resources are available at the Julia Church Health and Counseling Center for any student in need of these important services. Our professional counseling staff provides support to eligible students in need of reasonable accommodations to ensure equal access and personal success.

Executive Director of Health, Counseling, and Accessibility Services: Dr. Kevin Feisthamel

Location: The Julia Church Health Center
Phone: 330.569.5952

A healthy campus community promotes validation and inclusion of individuals from different cultures, backgrounds, experiences, perspectives, opinions, and world views. The Dean of Students Office and the Office of Campus Involvement helps achieve the College’s commitment to diversity, inclusion, and belonging by providing direct support services, educational programming, and community building opportunities within and across social groups.

Chief Diversity Officer: Dee West

Location: Bates Hall/Dean of Students Suite
Phone: 330.569.5237

At Hiram, we celebrate learning about and practicing faith in ways that nurture the mind, body, and spirit. The College chaplain helps students from a range of religious backgrounds connect with resources that align with developing, existing, or advancing spiritual and religious pursuits. The chaplain provides pastoral counseling, spiritual direction, general assistance, programming, and crisis intervention to students from any faith tradition as well as students who observe no faith, religion, or spiritual practice.

Chaplain: Reverend Christopher McCreight

To succeed academically and enjoy all that campus has to offer, students must be healthy mentally and physically, have a good handle on their self-care needs, and have a sense of well-being within the community. The Julia Church Health Center staff provides excellent health and counseling services to all full-time students, with most services being provided at no charge to the student.

Director of Health Services: Asha Goodner

Location: The Julia Church Health Center
Phone: 330.569.5952

The Office of Campus Safety coordinates a comprehensive safety program, which includes working with members of the college community and local village police officers to ensure a safe and cooperative environment for all. Campus Safety also oversees campus parking, ID distribution, and safety education.

Director of Campus Safety: Dan Fynes

Location: The Kennedy Center, Second Floor
Phone: 330.569.6107

Both residential and non-residential students are encouraged to take advantage of opportunities to get to know and learn from one another. With a four-year residency requirement, over 95% of students live on campus. The Residence Life Office manages a safe, secure, and welcoming residential environment that promotes high academic performance and social development for all residents, and oversees a commuter student lounge for non-residential students. Residence Life also handles all room assignments, room and damage billing, coordinates social and educational programming, and serves as a liaison between residents and the ABM maintenance staff.

Director of Residence Life and Commuter Student Services: James Workman

Location: Bates Hall
Phone: 330.569.5232

The Student Handbook is a helpful resource for navigating campus life. It provides guidelines that protect the rights of students as members of the Hiram community, and outlines responsibilities, obligations, and expectations for students that are necessary to ensure the success and stability of the campus environment. Students should review the handbook and contact the Dean of Students Office with questions, comments, suggestions, or concerns. The Dean of Students staff is committed to the development of all students and ensuring that they are properly prepared for campus life and academic and personal success. The Student Handbook is reviewed and updated on an annual basis by the Dean of Students Office.

Assistant Dean of Students: Mick Steiner

Location: Bates Hall/Dean of Students Suite
Phone: 330.569.5233

At Hiram, managing your career begins during the first year, when students begin to explore the unlimited possibilities that the world offers. You will not only graduate Hiram with knowledge, you will be equipped with an ability to solve problems, the confidence to meet challenges head-on, a desire to do something important, and a deep appreciation for the contribution that you have the potential to make in society. The Career Development Center will help you turn your academic knowledge into a real world career via a variety of resources to help you secure internships and jobs.

AVI Fresh provides a range of options to meet the diverse dietary needs of students, faculty, and staff. Our all-you-care-to-eat modern dining facility is an idea space for having a good meal while socializing and getting connected to others.