Through dedicated mentors and supportive friends, Ann Krause-Hanson has successfully dedicated 40 years to educational leadership. She began her journey by receiving a Bachelor of Science in education as a math major and psychology minor, and then earned a MEPD (math education emphasis). In December 2009, Dr. Krause-Hanson received a Ph.D. in education, and completed her dissertation, “Leadership Development and Mentoring That Matter: Insights from the Career Trajectories of Women Community College Presidents and Chief Academic Officers.” She was awarded the Morgridge Fellowship for Technical College Leaders during this time.
Currently, Dr. Krause-Hanson is the vice president of strategic marketing, innovation and effectiveness at Waukesha County Technical College. She is very proud of the work she did to get to this position, as she started as a faculty member and worked hard to become a dean and then vice president. Looking to the future, Dr. Krause-Hanson would like to continue working with the two-year college, and then eventually become president of a community college. She is constantly being inspired by how her students’ lives have changed after gaining an education, and she hopes to continue working to remove as many barriers as possible for educators.
A skilled leader, Dr. Krause-Hanson wants to be remembered for the impact she had on student lives and for creating an environment where learning can flourish. She is proud of her ability to mentor others, and is constantly looking for opportunities to learn as well. Her commitment to educating and shaping young minds has not gone unnoticed, as she was the recipient of the ACTE Outstanding New CTE Teacher award, the WACTE Outstanding Administrator award (twice), and the ACTE Region III Award of Merit. Aside from these awards, one of her greatest accomplishments was been being asked to be the facilitator for a leadership development course.
Dr. Krause-Hanson is a member of the Association of Career and Technical Education and the Wisconsin Women in Higher Education Leadership. She is also a board member for the United Way, an active volunteer with her church, and an honored member of The International Women’s Leadership Association. When she is not working, she can be found golfing, swimming, reading, biking or going for a walk.
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