#NotMyHiram Alumni Petition
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Dear Fellow Hiram College Alumni,
I wish to inform you that President Lori Varlotta’s has an administrative agenda to remove nearly 20% of professors regardless of tenure status from Hiram College. Current Hiram students have formed the #NotMyHiram movement to seek to maintain the integrity of academic tenure, keep our professors teaching at Hiram, and to maintain our liberal arts tradition. Please see https://notmyhiram.wordpress.com/ for more information.
For four years Hiram College was my home. A large part of what made it home was my wonderful, caring professors. I was on a first name basis with them. I would go to their houses for dinner. They’ve given me their cell phone numbers and I’ve called them for advice since I graduated. With the removal of ~20% of the full-time faculty, this is #NotMyHiram.
President Varlotta stated in her “Strategic Executive Plan” that she would form the “New Liberal Arts” by increasing “faculty and staff accountability and success.” To do this, the school would “recruit and retain a competent and caring faculty and staff who place students first” and that it would “align faculty and staff expertise with institutional priorities to foster a culture of success and accountability.” By attempting to fire these faculty members, President Varlotta has failed to “recruit and retain” faculty as her “Strategic Executive Plan” stated. It is clear that President Varlotta and her administration is not retaining faculty, nor are they being transparent about their intentions.
We, the undersigned, call for the retention of Hiram College’s faculty and to honor these professors’ tenure. If these professors are removed from the college we declare this is #NotMyHiram and will withhold from donating any money to the college in the future.
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