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President Hanno

Driven by values

Dennis Hanno begins his journey with Wheaton

President Hanno sitting in the Office of Admission with his wife, Susan, their son, Ted, and daughter, Emily.

President Hanno sitting in the Office of Admission with his wife, Susan, their son, Ted, and daughter, Emily.

The major turning point in Dennis Hanno’s professional life coincided with the arrival of his first child, Ted.

He was presiding over a fast-growing accounting practice in a small community in upstate New York but questioning whether the professional path that he had imagined for himself was what he really wanted to be doing. It was a subject that he and his wife, Susan, had been discussing for some time.

“My analysis with Susan was that I really love working with people,” he said, recounting the conclusions that emerged from taking stock of what he liked about accounting and what was important to him for the future. “I love doing new things, and I love helping people to understand issues and ideas. Most of all, I knew that I wanted to help people improve their lives. And that led me to the idea of returning to college to earn a Ph.D.”

Within six months, Hanno had embarked on the journey to earn a Ph.D. and begin a career in academia that would take him from the suburbs of Boston to major cities in Europe and Asia to villages in Africa. [Read more...]

Transforming lives

John Wieland (left), Susan Walden Wieland ’60 (center) and family during Homecoming Weekend in 2008, when the Alumnae/i Association presented Susan with an Alumnae/i Achievement Award in honor of her service in promoting education and the arts

John Wieland (left), Susan Walden Wieland ’60 (center) and family during Homecoming Weekend in 2008, when the Alumnae/i Association presented Susan with an Alumnae/i Achievement Award in honor of her service in promoting education and the arts

Couple establishes scholarship endowment

Susan Walden Wieland ’60 and her husband, John, recently established an endowed scholarship fund at Wheaton in Susan’s name and to honor President Ronald A. Crutcher’s service to the college. John recently talked about the couple’s connection to Wheaton and their motivation for their contribution to the college. [Read more...]

Honoring the Crutchers

President Ronald A. Crutcher with Betty Neal CrutcherThe Thomas Anthony Pappas Charitable Foundation recently joined other friends of the college in supporting student scholarships to honor President Ronald A. Crutcher and his wife, Betty Neal Crutcher.

The foundation’s $25,000 grant not only pays tribute to the Crutchers but also augments its existing endowed scholarship fund, the Thomas Anthony Pappas Endowed Scholarship in the Liberal Arts.

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Wheaton selects Dennis Hanno as eighth president

President-elect Dennis Hanno met with members of the Wheaton Student Government Association in March.

President-elect Dennis Hanno met with members of the Wheaton Student Government Association in March.

The Wheaton Board of Trustees voted unanimously on Saturday, February 22, to appoint Dennis Hanno as the college’s new president.

Hanno, currently provost and senior vice president at Babson College, will be the eighth president in Wheaton’s 180-year history. He will take office on July 15, replacing Ronald A. Crutcher, who is stepping down at the end of this academic year after a decade of service.

“There were many impressive and qualified candidates to lead Wheaton College. During our selection process, we listened carefully to the greater Wheaton community and concluded that without a doubt Dennis has what it takes to move this school forward,” said Thomas Hollister, chair of the Wheaton Board of Trustees. “Wheaton has historic commitments to gender equality and diversity, as well as to the power of a rigorous liberal arts education. Dennis is not only equipped to ensure a successful future for Wheaton, he embodies the values on which this school was built.”

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