Hansen's Mississippi roots are so deep and far-reaching, they've
pulled him back to Hattiesburg.
in Dallas three and a half years," said Hansen, the new development
officer for the College of Health at The University of Southern
Mississippi. "I wanted to come back because this is my place.
This is where I am supposed to be."
of the School of Mass Communication and Journalism's radio, television
and film program, Hansen has worked in student recruitment for William
Carey College, as coordinator of chapter services for the Southern
Miss Alumni Association, and as director of the alumni association
for the University of North Texas.
Now he's at
the College of Health, a place in which the Long Beach native feels
looking into opportunities here, the personality of the college
itself and of the (interim) dean, Dr. Joan Exline, made the best
fit for me," Hansen said.
about Southern Miss, and I felt as though the College of Heath is
passionate about what they do. Once you dig into all of what (the
College of Health) entails, to me it really is the college at the
university that educates and trains a skilled workforce unlike any
other. Everyone's interested in health and what we do as a college
is an invaluable resource to the population in Mississippi - and
interim dean, Dr. Joan Exline, said she is "pleased to have
Will on our team. His positive attitude and enthusiasm are infectious.
He will do a great job for us."
to be back in the family of black and gold because he believes the
university's campus leadership and current political positioning
in the state will help the institute continue its climb as the most
elite university in the state. He's confident "it will be a
top-tier institution nationally."
takes Southern Miss' state of affairs personally: Not only does
he have a degree from the university, but so does his wife, Katie
Hansen, who works as a nurse; his sisters; and his dad, who is a
Miss is my father-son connection," Hansen said of his dad,
who is actively involved in Southern Miss activities, particularly
not a graduate of here," Hansen said with hesitant grin, "but
she's pretty much a Golden Eagle. She can't help but be."