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