RG - 2.0.10: The Papers of the Office of the President of Gettysburg College: Carl Arnold Hanson (1961-1977)
Akron, Ohio native Carl Arnold Hanson (1913-1983) became president of Gettysburg College on September 1, 1961. Because of the Depression, Hanson did not receive his BA degree from the University of Akron until 1939. His graduate studies were also interrupted at the University of Chicago, this time, because of his service in the U.S. Navy during World War II. From 1948 to 1961 he was a professor at Cornell University's School of Industrial and Labor Relations where he earned his Ph.D., and in 1957 took on additional responsibilities as Dean of the university's college of arts and sciences.
Under his administration, Gettysburg College developed the first written set of personnel policies, brought about term chairmanship for academic departments and established a five-year term for the Dean of the College. He encouraged faculty and students to together, propose, undertake and evaluate studies aimed at helping students to be more responsible for their own learning experience, a philosophy he espoused throughout his tenure. He retired in 1977 after experiencing a series of health problems.