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President of Peru State College
President of Peru State College

Dan Hanson

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2011 Self-Study Report Highlights

2011 Self-Study Report

Dr. Daniel Hanson
Peru State College’s 33rd President


Dr. Daniel Hanson became the 33rd President of Peru State College on August 1, 2009.


Dr. Hanson joined the Peru State family after working more than 30 years at Waldorf College, a small private school in Forest City, Iowa. While at Waldorf, Dr. Hanson most recently served as Vice President of Academic Affairs and Dean of the College. He held a number of other positions at the college, including Counselor and Assistant Director of Admissions, Associate Professor in the Division of Social Science, Chair of the Management Information Systems Department, and Director of Academic Computing.


Dr. Hanson holds a Bachelor’s degree in education from Wartburg College in Waverly, Iowa; a Master’s degree in education and computer science from Mankato State University in Mankato, Minn.; and a Ph.D. in Instructional Technology from Iowa State University in Ames, Iowa. While completing his doctoral program, Dr. Hanson served as a research assistant at the Research Institute for Studies in Education and as a teaching assistant in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction.


Dr. Hanson is married to his wife of 36 years, Elaine. They have two daughters: Heather, 26, who graduated in December 2010 from the University of Iowa with a Doctor of Physical Therapy degree and is now employed in Chicago, and Abby, 24, who graduated with a Masters in occupational therapy at Colorado State in May of 2012. Abby and her husband Shane, a Peru State graduate, have just moved to Nebraska City where he teaches 5th grade and she will work at the Ambassador Wellness Center.