On her second day on the job, Hiram College President Lori Varlotta sent the following note to students, faculty, staff and friends:
Greetings from your new president! I hope this message finds you well and ready to enjoy the Fourth of July holiday. I can see from the flyers distributed last week that the campus and the village know how to put on a good party.
Before we get into celebration mode, however, I thought I would continue President Chema’s tradition in sending an electronic update to the community. My thought is to send an update every other week, so let’s see
if that makes good sense.
Like all of you, I have been quite busy these past several months. As you probably know, I have been lucky enough to visit campus three times since my appointment was announced in February. Each visit was an illuminating and productive one, and I can now say that I feel rather oriented to Hiram. Don’t get me wrong: I have much to learn, but like the incoming freshman who has done a campus visit or two, stayed overnight and attended orientation, I am getting a feel for the place and a sense of belonging. It feels good. I had the chance to share some of these thoughts with the College Relations staff earlier this week, and you can read the whole interview here: http://www.hiram.edu/about/president/q-a
I have been meeting with, listening to and trying to learn from faculty, staff, students, administrators, alumni and friends. I suspect I have met more than two hundred folks already. Though the conversations vary somewhat from group to group, two overlapping themes and suggestions surfaced again and again. Briefly stated, they included:
Both of these ideas seemed like good ones upon which to focus our attention, so the cabinet and I have done exactly that. Since April, we have:
I believe these pursuits are aligned with much of what I have been hearing, reading and seeing, and I will be happy to discuss them in greater detail when we have our first town hall meeting in early fall. All students, faculty and staff will be welcome at this meeting, where I will answer questions and discuss emerging priorities.
In closing, please do know that due to commitments that were made long before I received my Hiram appointment, I am spending most of early July working remotely. Thanks to modern technology and the patience and expertise of Frank Ventura, the distance is not a problem, as I am tightly tethered to campus.
I look forward to seeing you all soon. Have a great weekend,
Dr. Lori Varlotta, President, Hiram College