October 17, 2013
Blaine Hansen elevated to Vice President of Strategic Planning and Effectiveness

Lees-McRae is extremely proud to announce Blaine Hansen has been promoted to Vice President of Strategic Planning and Effectiveness, effective October 2013.

“Vice President Hansen has shown outstanding leadership and service to Lees-McRae College,” said President Barry M. Buxton. “He has been instrumental in helping Lees-McRae become a data-driven institution and has proven to be an invaluable member of our Bobcat family.”

A dynamic staff member, Hansen, formerly the Director of Assessment, Effectiveness and Institutional Research for Lees-McRae, has been with the College since December 2011. Prior to his appointment at Lees-McRae, Hansen spent the bulk of his career working for the prestigious Savannah College of Art and Design as the Director of Off-campus Programs. He was responsible for the development of more than 10 short-term international and domestic programs while increasing student participation in study abroad programs. Hansen also facilitated orientation sessions for students, staff and faculty which included sessions focused on pre-departure, cultural introduction, language, service opportunities and assessment.

Hansen also focused much of his efforts on meeting recruitment goals by using improved marketing materials and leveraging technology which included the website, social media and virtual meetings, while also guiding curriculum development for academic travel programs.

During his time in Banner Elk, Hansen has been involved with media relations for the Avery County Farmer’s Market. At Lees-McRae, his responsibilities include serving as accreditation liaison for the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges, and leading assessments to analyze the effectives of programs, operations and services. He also manages all federal and state reporting and data requests.

In early 2013, Hansen played a pivotal role in establishing a strategic planning process with measurable goals that was articulated in a twenty-four page publication sent to the Lees-McRae community, and reiterated in a small, pocket-size version available for faculty and staff. This plan now informs each and every decision made by the College.

Media Contact:

Blaine Hansen  |  Vice President of Strategic Planning and Effectiveness
Tel: 828.898.8838  |  Email:
Blaine Hansen