President Hanson

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 40 blissful years, Elaine. They have two daughters: Heather and Abby.  Heather graduated from the University of Iowa with a Doctor of Physical Therapy degree. Heather and her husband Armando live in Chicago where she is a physical therapist and he works in information technology at Northwestern University.  Abby graduated with a Masters in occupational therapy from Colorado State University.  Abby and her husband Shane, a Peru State graduate, live in Nebraska City where he teaches 5th grade and she works at the Ambassador Wellness Center.