Jeff Fram '74
Alumni Executive Board President
As a third generation legacy student, Jeff Fram ’74 comes from a long line of Terriers and his connection to Hiram College has always been strong. Jeff’s grandfather, parents and brother all attended Hiram College and from a young age his family would visit campus when passing through the area as a child.
Although Jeff originally dreamed of playing football at the Ohio State University for Woody Hayes, an injury in 9th grade caused him to change his plans and enroll at Hiram for his undergraduate career. As a student, Jeff never regretted this decision and became actively involved in student life through the mixed community chorus, Theta Phi Kappa, medicus, and intramural sports. He also went on the first Hiram trip to Guadalajara, Mexico in ’72. His favorite class was the interdisciplinary Arts, Physics and Media course with an in-depth look at colors through the biology, chemistry and art departments.
He remembers the gas crunch crisis of 1973-74 and trying to fill his ’70 Firebird with a limit of ten-gallons and recalls some of the best days – snow days – were announced by the police driving through campus with their sirens on.
Jeff graduated with a double major in Spanish and history with a teaching certificate. His next step was law school, and he credits Hiram College, and his liberal arts education, with helping him succeed.
“You can never be truly prepared for law school,” Jeff said “but Hiram gave me the tools to handle it by developing flexible study habits, a love of reading, strong writing skills, and the ability to think critically.”
After law school, Jeff went on to be a staff attorney for twelve years and is now an attorney at the Denman, Lerner & Gundy, Co., LPA.
Over the years, he stayed connected with Hiram and joined the Alumni Executive Board (AEB) in 2012. Now an active member for six years, Jeff was elected President of AEB in May, extending his time on the AEB for two more years. In his new role, Jeff hopes to help alumni stay connected with Hiram, support current students and encourage potential students to consider attending Hiram College.
“If I can help a current student or bring someone to Hiram, I will do it,” Jeff said. “The experiences that I had at Hiram, and which many other alumni enjoyed, should be kept strong for future classes of Hiram students.”
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