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Manchester taps Hiram College

administrator, teacher to lead Academic Affairs


Manchester 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 graduates of Manchester College teach and administer in schools throughout Indiana. Students of the humanities and the arts are 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.

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