Hanson named ARCC, ATC president

Anoka-Ramsey Community College and Anoka Technical College have a new president.

Kent Hanson
Kent Hanson

By unanimous vote, the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities (MnSCU) Board of Trustees approved Kent Hanson for the job this morning (Tuesday, Feb. 26).

“I will not let you down, I promise you that,” Hanson said.

“The role that community and technical colleges play in improving the lives of our students and meeting the needs of the state is more important than ever. It will be a true privilege to work with the faculty, staff, and students as we fulfill this vital role.”

Hanson said he feels like he is a great fit for the college group, which has campuses in Anoka, Cambridge and Coon Rapids serving more than 16,000 learners.

“I am looking forward to helping move the (MnSCU) strategic framework forward,” he said.

Hanson will be begin his new job July 1.

He has been serving as interim president of Riverland Community College since August 2012.

Prior to that, Hanson served nine years as provost and vice president for academic and student affairs at Northland Community and Technical College.

Hanson also worked for 12 years at Northwest Technical College, where he served as radiology program director from 1991-99 and health and human services dean from 1999-2003.

In addition, Hanson was an adjunct faculty member at Park University and the University of Minnesota-Crookston.

Hanson has a bachelor’s degree in psychology, a doctorate in educational leadership from the University of North Dakota and a master’s degree in human resource administration from Central Michigan University.

Tammy Sakry is at [email protected]