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Hansen takes reins as interim dean

Dan Hansen
Dan Hansen

Dan Hansen, who has served as the college’s associate dean for student services since 2018, was appointed May 28 as the college’s interim dean.

Hansen, a 2005 SDSU Pharm.D. graduate, has been on the SDSU faculty since 2007, when he was hired as an experiential program manager and assistant professor, after working as a community pharmacist at Walgreens in Milwaukee. From 2010 to 2018, he was assistant dean for student services. Hansen earned full professorship in 2019.

He succeeds Jane Mort, who retired June 21.

A search committee for a permanent dean is being formed this summer with a goal of selecting a candidate by year’s end.

Dennis Hedge, provost and vice president for academic affairs, said Hansen’s “experience with all of the college’s academic programs and leadership abilities will be true assets for the college.”

As associate dean for student services, Hansen has been responsible for the college’s tutoring and supplemental instruction program, overseen admission into the doctor of pharmacy and medical laboratory science program, helped administer the college’s scholarship selection and lead the college’s recruitment efforts.  He also teaches in the pharmacy practice program.

During his tenure on campus, Hansen also has served as adviser for the Students’ Association (2008-14) and a number of initiatives, committees and task forces, including the SDSU National Scholarships Team, University Scholarship Task Force, University Strategic Enrollment Management Council and LeadState.

As a student, the Aberdeen native was one of the few pharmacy majors to ever serve as student body president (2002-2003).

In the community, he just completed six years on the Brookings City Council and served on the boards for Brookings Health Systems and Brookings Municipal Utilities. He is currently the chair of the Brookings Economic Development Corporation’s board of directors.

Hansen and his wife, Jessica, have four children, Maya (12), Noah (9), Leah (7) and Ian (4).