As the vice president for academic affairs at Delaware Valley from 2011 to 2016, Hanna helped implement a $60 million capital campaign and launch four bachelor degrees, four master’s degrees and the institution’s first doctoral degree. He also guided the institution through a successful change to university status and created articulation agreements with five community colleges, leading to a significant increase in transfer students. Under his leadership, graduate enrollment increased by 65 percent. Hanna also launched Experience360 (E360), an experiential learning and career services program giving every student real-world experiences.
Before his appointment as vice president and dean at Delaware Valley, Hanna served as associate provost at Ithaca College. There he launched the college’s Integrative Core, increased external grant funding 20 percent and co-authored the institution’s academic strategic plan, IC 20/20.
Hanna served as the dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and interim provost at Kutztown University of Pennsylvania from 2005 to 2009. At Kutztown, he conceived and assembled the school’s inaugural Board of Visitors, raised funds to create 22 new scholarships, and increased tenure-track/tenured faculty from 64 to 77 percent.
Hanna earned his Bachelor of Arts in biology, his master’s degree in developmental biology and his Ph.D. in developmental neurobiology from Temple University. Even while serving as an administrator, he continued to teach graduate and undergraduate courses in biology, cell biology, neurobiology, gerontology, biotechnology, mathematics, and bioethics.
Hanna was also the chief academic officer and dean of academic affairs for DeVry University – Pennsylvania. Before DeVry, he served his alma mater, Temple University, in various capacities. He was the associate dean of the College of Science and Technology, where he increased undergraduate enrollment by 35 percent and led the university’s effort to secure a multi-million dollar, multi-institution, National Science Foundation grant – the Philadelphia Alliance for Minority Participation.
In his career, he has garnered more than $8 million in external funding for projects, programs and scholarships.
He is a member of the board of directors of the Pennsylvania Drug Discovery Institute, the American Association of University Administrators, is an editorial board member of the Journal of Education Management, and served on the board of the Pennsylvania Biotechnology Center of Bucks County.
Active off campus as well, Hanna has earned the Caring Community Award from the Bucks County Intermediate Unit and the Outstanding Service Award from the Boy Scouts of America – Minsi Trails.•