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Hiram College receives $6 million gift for new liberal arts initiative

April 9, 2018 GMT

Hiram College receives $6 million gift for new liberal arts initiative

HIRAM, Ohio - Hiram College has received a $6 million gift from retired Avery Dennison Corp. CEO Dean Scarborough, an alumnus and chairman of the board of trustees, and his wife, Janice Bini.

The multi-year gift, the largest in the school’s 168-year history, will advance a new liberal arts initiative that includes internships, study-abroad programs, science and health initiatives and Tech and Trek, a program that merges classroom learning with mobile technology.

Scarborough and Bini provided a $2.1 million gift a year ago to launch Tech and Trek and provide iPad Pros, Apple Pencils and keyboards to faculty, staff and every full-time traditional student.

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The couple’s most recent gift includes money to renovate residence halls, upgrade health and science laboratories and classrooms, enhance wireless connectivity and classroom technologies, and bolster Hiram’s business program, the private college said in a news release.

The gift will allow Hiram to extend the bachelor’s degree in marketing it offers at Lakeland Community College to Hiram students. Starting this fall, new and current students can choose marketing as a major.

Scarborough earned a bachelor’s degree in economics at Hiram and an MBA from the University of Chicago. 

“I always wanted to be a business major,” he said in the release. “I was encouraged by a mentor to get a liberal arts education first, and a MBA later. I’m really glad I took his advice ,since the liberal arts taught me how to be a lifelong learner. As the former CEO of a multinational company, I needed to understand people and cultures from around the world. The Hiram of the 1970s prepared me to do that and so much more.”

The gift is a “game-changer for the college and its students,” President Lori Varlotta said in the release.

“This innovative model combines integrated study, high-impact experiences, and mindful technology,” she said of the new liberal arts program. “Dean and Janice’s transformational gifts help us bring that model to a whole new level.”