Hesston College President Joseph A. Manickam announced the appointment of Dr. Carren Moham as vice president of academics. Dr. Moham had served as Hesston’s academic dean, and most recently as the interim vice president of academics.
Moham’s role as vice president of academics includes serving as a liaison between the faculty and the college’s administrative council. Moham will also oversee hiring of new faculty and the implementation of academic initiatives across campus. She will continue to chair the college’s Faculty Development Committee and serve on the leadership team for the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Council.
“During her time with us, Dr. Moham had instilled a culture of rigor,” said Dr. Manickam. “Dr. Moham’s gifts, talents and skills will be instrumental in moving the college forward into the future.”
Dr. Moham assumes this leadership role as Hesston College continues to grow its mixed model profile. Four bachelor’s degree programs have been added to an offering of more than 50 associate degree programs of study, the most recent being a bachelor of science degree in engineering with a mechatronics track, which was approved by Hesston’s accrediting body on Nov. 19, 2021.
“I am honored and excited to lead the academic program at Hesston College, especially at such a pivotal time,” said Moham. “I will work diligently to create a culture that values both rigor and support for our students. Faced with growing animosity and divisiveness at every turn, the world needs Hesston College graduates now more than ever.”
“Dr. Moham has the skills and experience to help us realize our vision of moving from being a ‘college for Mennonites’ to becoming a ‘Mennonite college for all,’” said Manickam. “Her energy, vision and passion for strong academics through strong mentorship has already changed our campus. Dr. Moham’s perspective, intellect and familiarity with executive-level administration will make us a stronger team.”
Dr. Moham earned a bachelor’s degree from Northeastern State University (Tahlequah, Okla.), a Master of Music from the University of Oklahoma (Norman), and a Doctor of Musical Arts from the Ohio State University (Columbus). A trained professional opera singer and seasoned performer, Dr. Moham lives in Hesston.