Central campus welcomes Dr. Hanson as VPI

Dr. Barbara Hanson

Dr. Barbara Hanson

Veteran educator Dr. Barbara Hanson was recently named to the key position of vice president of instruction for the Central campus. She will coordinate and oversee the Central campus’ academic and technical credit programs.

Hanson comes to the College from North Carolina, but has Texas roots. “You can take the girl out of Texas, but you can’t take Texas out of the girl,” she commented. Hanson is a fifth generation Texan. Her great-great grandfather was born near Abilene in 1859, with the next four generations following suit at various locations throughout the Lone Star State. “It is a wonderful feeling to be coming home,” she remarked.

Hanson has 24 years of experience in higher education, 21 in community college administration. As faculty, she has taught English as a Second Language, German, music, martial arts, and developmental English. Administrative positions she has held include chief academic officer, executive director for strategic program development, dean of instruction, and division chair for modern languages.  She most recently served as the vice president of instruction at Cape Fear Community College, a two-campus college in Wilmington, North Carolina. She had oversight of all of the college’s credit and non-credit instructional programs, as well as a number of support services, such as library and media services, distance learning, high school programs, cooperative education and service learning programs.

Hanson has an extensive background in the liberal arts, music performance, the martial arts, and has lived and traveled extensively in Europe and the Middle East. Hanson and her husband, Rick, have two teenagers and three dogs.

Hanson was attracted to San Jacinto College because of its solid reputation in the education community and the local community.

“San Jacinto College is actively engaged in building alliances with community partners in order to leverage resources for the benefit of the students served,” she commented. “In so doing, San Jacinto represents what is best about community colleges — it invests in the future of its community. It is indeed a privilege to become part of such a robust and visionary institution.”