Elaine Tuttle Hansen

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Elaine Tuttle Hansen
7th President of Bates College
In office
March 1, 2002 (2002-03-01) – November 8, 2011 (2011-11-08)
Preceded by Donald West Harward
Succeeded by Clayton Spencer
Personal details
Alma mater Mount Holyoke College B.A.
University of Minnesota M.A.
University of Washington Ph.D
Profession Academic executive director

Elaine Tuttle Hansen is the Executive Director of The Center for Talented Youth at Johns Hopkins University. She served as the seventh president of Bates College, in Lewiston, Maine for nine years.

As president of Bates College, she "developed greater resources for financial aid, increased diversity of the faculty and student body, strengthened environmental sustainability and stewardship, and made technological advances."[1] Hansen was integral to the formation of institutional planning initiatives, which included facility master planning and academic planning. She was the first female president of Bates College and undertook the largest capital campaign of the college, totaling $120 million in fundraising. Hansen is widely revered for her modernization of buildings, resources, athletic facilities, and classrooms at Bates.

Early life and career[edit]

Hansen graduated cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa from Mount Holyoke College in 1969. She received her M.A. from the University of Minnesota in 1972 and Ph.D. from the University of Washington in 1975.

Academic career[edit]

Hansen served as the Provost of Haverford College from 1995–2002 and was a Professor of English at Haverford from 1980-2002. She also was an Assistant Professor of English at Hamilton College from 1978-1980. Hansen is a scholar of Chaucer and Middle English.

Bates College[edit]

Hansen was installed as the seventh president of Bates College on October 26, 2002. She was the first female president of Bates College. She stated in her inauguration speech, "“We invite those who have grown up expecting and preparing to enroll in a highly selective undergraduate college, and we invite those who have not been able to feel so confident about their destiny, who seek greater possibility for themselves than others in their family or group or community may yet have had.”[2]

Under Hansen, A new residence hall for 150 students at the foot of Mount David was built, a new Dining Commons was opened to students, and greatly renovated the college's facilities. She pushed for a modernization of buildings, resources, athletic facilities, and classrooms.

Hansen recently oversaw Bates' $120 million capital campaign. In 2005 Hansen taught a Short Term class on Chaucer at Bates.

In 2010, Hansen earned $432,000 in salary, benefits and perks.[3]

Hansen announced in the academic year 2011 that she would step down as Bates College president.[4] It was announced soon after that Harvard dean, Clayton Spencer was to be appointed the 8th president of Bates College.

Johns Hopkins University[edit]

After stepping down from the Bates College presidency, Hansen joined the leadership of The Center for Talented Youth at Johns Hopkins University. She currently serves as the executive director.

Personal life[edit]

Hansen is married to Stanley Hansen, a speech pathologist. They have two children: Emma, a student at Macalester College in Minnesota, and Isla, a student in Lewiston, Maine[5]

See also[edit]


  • Bates College Mirror 2006, (Lewiston, ME: Bates College, 2006).

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Preceded by
Donald Harward
President of Bates College
Succeeded by
Clayton Spencer