Penn Hills native to become first woman president of Hiram College in Ohio

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A Penn Hills native who currently is a vice president at California State University, Sacramento, has been named president of Hiram College in Ohio, the school’s trustees announced today.

Lori Varlotta, 50, will become the school’s 22nd president and its first female leader effective in early August, according to a statement from the 1,300-student school in Hiram, Ohio. Ms. Varlotta is currently senior vice president for planning, enrollment management and student affairs at Sacramento State. She will succeed Tom Chema, who plans to retire as president after 11 years in the job.

Ms. Varlotta has been in university administration for more than two decades, including 11 at Sacramento State.

She was born and raised in Penn Hills, graduating from Penn Hills Senior High School in 1981.

She holds a bachelor’s degree in philosophy from the University of Notre Dame, a interdisciplinary master’s degree in Cultural Foundations of Education from Syracuse University and an interdisciplinary doctorate in Educational Leadership from Miami University, the school statement said.

While in Pennsylvania, Ms. Varlotta held positions at Robert Morris and Chatham universities and the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford.

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