Manchester taps Hiram
teacher to lead Academic Affairs
College’s new vice president and dean for academic affairs is a
well-published history teacher and scholar with an array of small
college administrative experiences.
College President Jo Young Switzer today announced the appointment of
Dr. Glenn R. Sharfman of Hiram College, effective July 1. He will
succeed Dr. Switzer, who assumed the presidency Dec. 1.
Sharfman has served as associate dean and
director of graduate studies of Hiram College in northeast Ohio since
2001. Hiram, comparable in size to Manchester, is
a coeducational liberal arts college of 1,100 students in the Western
Reserve region of northwest Ohio, offering graduate study in
interdisciplinary studies as well as a weekend college for
non-traditional age students. Both are church-related
colleges: Manchester with the Church of the
Brethren and Hiram with the Disciples of Christ.
At Hiram, Sharfman also has served as chair
of the History Department, and as assistant professor, associate
professor and professor, joining the faculty in 1990.
"Associate Dean Sharfman's impressive
credentials and leadership ability will be invaluable in helping to
guide Manchester College’s course in the future,” said MC President
Switzer. “As vice president and dean, he
has a tremendous resource in our faculty.
At Manchester, we put a premium on academic advising, and Dr. Sharfman
will help fill that commitment. His background, experience and passion
make him the right person to support the development of
competent and compassionate faculty members
who have high expectations for our students."
Dave McFadden, vice president for
enrollment and planning, will continue as interim dean of academic
affairs until Sharfman arrives in July.
Sharfman brings a wealth of scholarly
excellence and experience to the College. He has
published more than 22 works and papers,
with special interest in the Holocaust and Jewish history.
At Hiram, he directs the first-year
program, manages the class schedule, chairs the new-course committee,
trains academic advisors, supervises faculty research budgets and
directs the master’s program in interdisciplinary studies. He has served
on all the major standing committees of the institution and has led
trips abroad with students to Russia, England, Israel and Jordan.
He has received a number of teaching
excellence honors, both at Hiram College and in the region – all from
his peers. “I believe that making a positive difference in a young
person’s life is a reward that makes teaching and mentoring a
privilege,” said Sharfman. “I have spent the last couple years at Hiram
working hard on developing a core curriculum so that a liberal arts
education is at the center of a student’s education.”
Sharfman inherits a vibrant Office of
Academic Affairs. Accounting, pre-law and pre-medicine graduates trample
national averages for success rates. Educators who are
of Manchester College teach and
in schools throughout Indiana. Students of the humanities and the arts
well-prepared for jobs and graduate
studies. A recent survey of alumni conveyed a treasure of student-faculty
relationships. A new Science Center that will open for classes next
fall will enable faculty to teach in an exciting new environment.
Sharfman, who grew up in the Chicago area,
earned his bachelor’s degree in history from Miami University of Ohio
and his master’s and Ph.D. in history from The University of North
Carolina at Chapel Hill. He and his wife Susie have 12-year-old
triplets, Hannah, Alex and Andrea.