Dwight Hansen, an accomplished fundraiser with more than a decade of experience, has been named director of development at Black Hills State University.
For the past decade, Hansen has been involved in university development and planned giving. Hansen, who was previously major gifts officer for the University of South Dakota Foundation, has a wealth of fundraising experience planning and implementing capital campaigns and planned giving programs.
Steve Meeker, vice president for University Advancement, says that BHSU is fortunate to have such an experienced fundraiser join their staff.
“We are thrilled that Dwight Hansen is now part of the fundraising team at Black Hills State University,” Meeker says. “His skills in strategic planning, grant writing, alumni relations and working with boards and volunteers will be extremely beneficial to the University.”
Hansen has extensive experience in university fundraising activities. At USD, Hansen worked with deans, department chairs and individual professors on fundraising projects. He was part of the campaign team that raised more than $134 million in three areas of emphasis: facilities, scholarships, and faculty support.
Prior to joining the staff at USD, Hansen worked for the Wayne State College Foundation where he was named interim executive director and worked closely with the foundation president, executive board, and college president on the fundraising campaign, administration, budgeting, investments, and staff supervision.
“Development is interesting and very satisfying work. I’m looking forward to working with Steve Meeker and my fellow co-workers at University Advancement to help BHSU transform lives. The opportunity to move to this beautiful area is something my wife Irene, daughter Katrina and I are very excited about,” Hansen says.
Hansen earned his bachelor’s degree in history education from Wayne State College, Wayne, Neb., and a master’s degree in political science/public administration from USD. His early work experience includes time as a bank vice president, a small business owner, budget analyst for the state of South Dakota, teacher and coach.