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Peru State College to Inaugurate 33rd President Daniel H. Hanson Thursday, March 25

Surrounding Communities Invited to Attend


(Peru, Neb.) Peru State College (PSC) will inaugurate its 33rd President, Dr. Daniel H. Hanson, during a ceremony at 3 p.m. Thursday, March 25 in the College Theatre, located at the south end of Hoyt Science Hall.

A community-wide reception will immediately follow the ceremony through 7 p.m. in the Al Wheeler Activity Center. Both events are free and open to the public.

Hanson said, “When I arrived at Peru State College in August, I found the pioneering spirit that started this college 143 years ago alive and well. I found a vibrant, growing organization with an eye toward the future. The college is experiencing its largest enrollment in history, thanks to our talented, energetic faculty, staff and administrators and their commitment to the college’s mission.

“I also found people in Peru, Auburn, Brownville, Nebraska City, Johnson, Tecumseh and communities throughout southeast Nebraska who embrace the college for its symbolic and economic importance to the area. I found school districts that open their doors to our teacher preparation program and who are glad to partner with us in educational endeavors in southeast Nebraska. And perhaps best of all, I found outstanding students who are eager to engage and grow.

“Peru State College is poised to move to an even higher level, building a community of excellence focused on student achievement. Working together we will take the next step toward excellence and be recognized throughout Nebraska and the Midwest for access, affordability, excellence, engagement and innovativeness.”

“This inauguration is about much more than one individual. I want to personally invite all of those in our surrounding communities to join our students, faculty and staff in celebrating the history, strength and future of Peru State College and what it means to southeast Nebraska. We are excited to have Governor Dave Heineman join us for the event, as well as a number of other dignitaries, mayors, college presidents and faculty from around the country.”

Hanson became the 33rd President of Peru State College on August 1, 2009. He 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, Hanson served as vice president of academic affairs and dean of the college. Prior to the vice presidency, 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.

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, Minnesota, and a Ph.D. in instructional technology from Iowa State University in Ames, Iowa. While completing his doctoral program, 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, 24, is a second-year student in physical therapy at the University of Iowa, and Abby, 22, is a senior psychology major at Wartburg College.

For additional information on the inauguration, visit or contact Linda Moody at or 402-872-2239.