William D. "Bill" Hansen has more than 30 years of experience in education at the kindergarten-12th grade and postsecondary levels. As Strada Education NetworkSM CEO, Hansen oversees a nonprofit organization that promotes Completion With a Purpose®, helping all students build a more purposeful path from postsecondary education to achieve rewarding careers and fulfilling lives.
Hansen's previous private sector experience includes service as chairman and CEO of the Washington, D.C., consulting firm Madison Education Group and as president and chairman of Scantron Corp. and Global Scholar, providers of assessment and survey solutions to education, commercial and government organizations internationally. He also co-founded, with former U.S. Education Secretary Rod Paige, an education-related consulting firm.
Hansen was a member of four state education commissions in the Commonwealth of Virginia, helping improve education and workforce opportunities for students. He was appointed as a commissioner on the National Commission on the Cost of Higher Education. Hansen served as an advisory board member for the University of Virginia Curry School of Education and Southern Virginia University. He also served on the board of nonprofit organizations including The Education Sector, Reading Is Fundamental, the National Guard Youth Foundation and ThanksUSA.
Hansen currently is on the board of the Forum for the Future of Higher Education, which hosts the Aspen Symposium. He also serves on the boards of The Jackie Robinson Foundation, National Urban League, Million Meal Movement (formerly Kids Against Hunger), United Way of Central Indiana, and the George W. Romney Institute of Public Management at Brigham Young University.