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Hiram College Elects Lori Varlotta as First Woman President

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Tuesday, February 4, 2014 at 12:51 PM

Lori Varlotta


Lori Varlotta will become the next president at Hiram College, the first woman to hold the position.

Varlotta hails from the California State University, Sacramento, part of the largest university system in the country, the Akron Beacon Journal reports.

She’s currently the vice president of enrollment management and student affairs and has worked at the campus since 2003.

Previously, Varlotta served as dean of student life at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater and as the director of leadership and service learning at Miami University.

Ken Moore, chair of the Hiram College board of trustees, says Varlotta’s experience supporting students was especially appealing.

“She’s had a student focus to her career,” he says. “We wanted someone interested in student success,” he says.

Moore says when Varlotta takes the helm in August, he hopes she’ll help Hiram focus on outreaching to a diverse group of students, including veterans and adults seeking retraining.

“She is a person who is first in her family to go to college,” Moore says.  “I think she will be a role model to other students.”

Moore says Varlotta will have a three year contract with the option to extend it in the future, but declined to state her salary. She replaces Thomas Chema, who is retiring after 11 years.

Varlotta is the third college president hired in Ohio in a little over a month.  Ohio State and Kent State elected new leaders last month.

That leaves the University of Akron and Notre Dame College still searching for head honchos.

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