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Dr. Barbara A. Hansen Is Named To Muskingum’s First Endowed Chair

BARB HANSENDr. Barbara A. Hansen, a well-respected educator, administrator, and former superintendent of the East Muskingum County School System, was installed on October 13, 2005, as the The Dave Longaberger Professor of Teaching & Learning and Distinguished Professor of Education at Muskingum College.

“This Chair is the first endowed chair in the 168-year history of Muskingum College. This is undeniably a milestone – a visible symbol of our shared understanding that dynamic teaching and learning is essential for the betterment of our community,” said Muskingum College President Anne C. Steele.

Dr. Hansen’s distinguished 34-year career in public education includes two
decades providing vision and leadership for the East Muskingum School District, which
she led as superintendent of schools from 1996 to 2005.

Her tenure at the East Muskingum School District was marked by progressively greater responsibilities that showcased her innumerable skills in the classroom and in leadership positions. Before becoming superintendent, she served as gifted education resource director, director of special projects, principal and assistant superintendent. Her teaching experience has left virtually no student of any age untouched and spans elementary school through adult education, including faculty appointments at Muskingum College, Ashland University, and Ohio University.

“…To create for tomorrow’s students a legacy of continuous improvement which reflects the successes of the past, the practices of the present, and the promises of the future . . .” is the vision statement of the East Muskingum School District, but Dr. Hansen did not simply follow that vision, she personified it and gave it life.

As superintendent, Dr. Hansen’s energy and spirit of collaboration set the district on the path to success, with an unprecedented period of building and renovation in which every facility in the district was improved. These projects included construction of a new middle school, capital improvements to four elementary schools and an intermediate school and the renovation of and addition to John Glenn High School.

A critical part of Dr. Hansen’s wisdom, however, was to realize that “brick and mortar” improvements are only one component of providing quality education. As a result, she oversaw the implementation of extraordinary, cutting-edge technology in all of the district’s buildings. These include the establishment of the Digital Academy, electronic grade cards, distance learning capabilities, new security systems and an automated district library system. With the successful passage of tax levies in 1998 and 2003 - each by a margin of nearly 60 percent - the future of the East Muskingum schools has never been brighter.

She is a member of the American Association of School Administrators, the Buckeye Association of School Administrators, Phi Delta Kappa and the Ohio School Boards Association. In 2003, the Buckeye Association of School Administrators honored Dr. Hansen for “exemplary leadership.” That same year, she was named an “outstanding administrator” by the Ohio School Boards Association. She also has been recognized by the National School Public Relations Association, receiving their Crystal Award, and the Golden Achievement Award. In 2000, she received the YWCA Women of Achievement Award.

A graduate of The Ohio State University, Dr. Hansen majored in history and government, and minored in English, while earning a Bachelor of Science degree in Secondary Education. She earned a Master of Arts degree in Adult Education from Ohio State and her Doctor of Philosophy in Educational Administration from Ohio University in Athens.