NDSU interim president gets top job at BSU
The Minnesota State Colleges and Universities today appointed
Richard A. Hanson as president of Bemidji State University and Northwest
Hanson, 60, has been interim president of North Dakota State
University since Dec. 1, 2009. Previously, he served as president of
Waldorf College; professor of sociology, vice president for academic
affairs and dean of the college, all at Augustana College; associate
vice president for academic affairs, associate director of human
development in the Extension Service and director of the Family Studies
Institute, all at North Dakota State University; and chair of the
Department of Home Economics at California State University, Chico.
"We had some great candidates, but we're confident that Dr.
Hanson is the best candidate," said Trustee Ruth Grendahl, who chairs
the board's Human Resources Committee. "He demonstrated a good
understanding of the community, and we believe he will be an equally
good leader for the campus."
Chancellor James H. McCormick said, "Dr. Hanson's broad range of
experiences as a sitting president will give him a head start on leading
these two institutions. I look forward to seeing how the university and
college continue to grow with his leadership."
"I think the Bemidji State University and Northwest Technical
College match is a distinct challenge, and I look forward to it very
much," Hanson said. "The pairing of this university and technical
college is going to be one of the most fascinating in my career. The
Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system is an attractive one in
which to work, and I am pleased to be part of it."
Hanson also has held interim positions at North Dakota State
University that included vice president for academic affairs and dean of
the College of University Studies. Hanson earned his bachelor's degree
in sociology and his master's in child development and family relations,
both from North Dakota State University, and a doctorate in applied
behavioral science from the University of California-Davis.
He will replace Jon Quistgaard, who is retiring. He will take office
The Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system comprises 32
state universities and community and technical colleges serving the
higher education needs of Minnesota. The system serves about 260,000
students per year in credit-based courses and an additional 164,000
students in non-credit courses.