Heidelberg’s new dean of students is new to town

Heidelberg University has welcomed a new dean of student affairs, who has just two weeks under his belt.

Christopher Abrams comes to Heidelberg from Malone University in Canton, where he earned a degree in broadcasting and journalism.

While at Malone, he served as vice president for student development for 13 years.

Abrams initially planned on becoming a teacher, until a former professor asked him what made him want to become an instructor.

“I had wanted summers off and time to be a coach,” he said.

Working with his professor on other areas of interest, Abrams soon became more involved in student affairs while serving as a resident assistant and wanted to pursue a way to do that for the rest of his life.

Abrams, as a first-generation college student, he has a passion for students.

“This is one of the most transformative times in life of a human being,” he said. “It is just the coolest time to be involved. I have a true desire to get to them.”

It was the size of institution and the demographic of students and the community of Tiffin that drew Abrams to Heidelberg.

“Canton’s downtown is similar to that of Tiffin’s,” he said. “I enjoy being able to walk every where and visit the small shops.”

As Abrams becomes more familiar with Heidelberg, he said, he is focusing on “getting to know and understand the Heidelberg culture and getting to know the students.”

Abrams said he already is welcoming students into his home for dinners.

Abrams and his wife, Melissa, and their two daughters, Faith and Hope, have relocated to Tiffin. His wife is from Canada and their adopted twin daughters are from Haiti.

Abrams said his family quickly is acclimating to Tiffin and making connections.

Prior to Malone, Abrams worked at Weber State University in Utah, John Brown University in Arkansas, Messiah College in Pennsylvania and Houghton College in New York.

He has a master’s degree in college student development from Alfred College in Alfred, New York, and a doctoral degree in higher education administration and leadership from the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville, Arkansas.