Search Underway New President At Peru State College

Search Underway New President At Peru State College

The Nebraska State College System is conducting a search for Peru State College’s 34th president following President Dan Hanson’s retirement announcement to the Peru community today. After twelve years of service to Peru State College and Southeast Nebraska, Dr. Hanson will leave the role in June 2021.

In a letter announcing their intentions to retire to the Peru State community, President Dan Hanson and First Lady Elaine Hanson said, “Serving as President and First Lady for over a decade has been the privilege of a lifetime. Partnering with Peru State’s outstanding faculty, staff, and administrators, completely committed to transforming lives through personal and engaging educational experiences, has been a distinct honor. We can think of no better way to have invested our time and our lives.”

“President Hansen and his wife Elaine genuinely embody the servant leadership role of a couple committed to creating a community on the Peru State campus,” said Chancellor Paul Turman of the Nebraska State College System. “From ice cream socials at their home, to filling sandbags in preparation for the 2019 floods, they have been pillars of the community, and I am honored to have had the opportunity to learn from their strength and dedication. Peru State has been forever changed because of President and First Lady Hanson.”

“The Board sincerely thanks President Hanson for his dedication to Peru State College and Southeast Nebraska for the past decade. His ability to lead by example and to truly serve the community of Peru will be greatly missed,” said Gary Bieganski, Chair of the Board of Trustees of the Nebraska State Colleges.”

The Nebraska State College System has launched the search for the next president of Peru State College, planning to build on the growth and innovation of new programs at the state’s oldest college.   The Nebraska State College System has retained Academic Search, Inc. to assist in the search for the next President of Peru State College. The search will begin immediately, and Academic Search is accepting applications for the position. The search will remain open until filled.

Interested candidates can learn more about the position by contacting Academic Search via email at

Information and updates on the Peru State President search are available here.