On November 7, two Hiram College alumni were elected Mayor in their respective cities. Anne Haynam ’88 was elected to be the 33rd mayor of Hiram, along with Rocco Yeargin ‘93, who was elected to be the 8th mayor of Green, Ohio. Their accomplishments are numerous and their aspirations for public office inspire many current Terriers.  

Anne Haynam in the Hiram College Hurd Garden
Anne Haynam ’88

Haynam majored in physical education and classical studies during her time at Hiram. Haynam later returned to Hiram College in 1999 as the head women’s basketball coach until 2004. After spending a long career as a collegiate coach, Haynam made to decision to switch career paths to become a private chef. Originally from Kinsman, Ohio, Haynam notes, “Hiram instilled a love of learning and the confidence to follow my interests.”

An active member of the Hiram community, Haynam started the Hiram Garden Club in an initiative to preserve the historic gardens around Hiram’s campus and village. Her outlook on her recent election provides an opportunity for the College and community to mutually thrive together. 

Image credits: Rocco Yeargin for Mayor of Green campaign
Image courtesy of Rocco Yeargin for Mayor of Green campaign

Yeargin, originally from Akron, Ohio, graduated Magna Cum Laude from Hiram College. He studied English literature and was inducted into the College’s Phi Beta Kappa chapter. Yeargin shared that his time at Hiram helped establish critical personal and professional skills, that he values to this day.  

Before running for major, Yeargin served five years on the Green City Council. Yeargin has practiced law for over 26 years and currently works as an attorney at Young & Yeargin LLC.

“I Iearned the process of critical thinking, which can be thought of as the ability to identify good ideas and reasoning. With Hiram’s focus on global reach, students are inspired to appreciate the virtues of a given place.” Yeargin stated. 

Hiram alumni, like Haynam and Yeargin, continue to bring pride to Hiram College through their professional accomplishments. 

By Noah Pilgram ’24