William D. Hansen

  • Strada Education Network

William “Bill” Hansen has more than 30 years of experience in education at the kindergarten-12th grade and postsecondary levels. As President and CEO of Strada Education Network, Hansen oversees a nonprofit organization that promotes “Completion with a Purpose”, enhancing student success in college – or other postsecondary programs – and connecting graduates to rewarding careers and fulfilling lives. Prior to assuming his current role in July 2013, he worked for 15 years in the public sector and 20 years in the corporate and nonprofit sectors. He served as U.S. Deputy Secretary of Education from 2001-2003, acting as the department’s chief operating officer and managing 5.000 employees and a $100 billion annual budget. He played a key role in developing and implementing landmark legislation that enhanced accountability in education and helped the Education Department earn its first-ever independent clean financial audit. Previously at the Education Department, he served as assistant secretary for management and budget and chief financial officer. Hansen currently serves on the boards of the Forum for the Future of Higher Education, The National Urban League, Million Meal Movement, United Way of Central Indiana, Brigham Young University-Idaho, and the George W. Romney Institute of Public Management at BYU. A graduate of George Mason University, Hansen also attended Idaho State University, which recognized him as a distinguished alumnus in 2003.