Presidential Inauguration
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Dr. Hanson

Daniel H. Hanson, Ph.D.

Thirty-Third President of Peru State College


Dr. Daniel Hanson became the thirty-third 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 served as Vice President of Academic Affairs and Dean of the College. Prior to the Vice Presidency, Dr. Hanson held a number of other positions, 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 at ISU.


Dr. Hanson is married to his wife of 33 years, Elaine. They have two daughters: Heather, 23, a second-year student in physical therapy at the University of Iowa; and Abby, 21, a senior psychology major at Wartburg College and a member of the college cross country team.