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Scott Dalrymple, Ph.D.     Randall W. Hanna, J.D.

Scott Dalrymple, Ph.D.


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Scott Dalrymple, Ph.D., has worked in higher education for 15 years as a tenured professor, department chair, program director and dean. Dalrymple holds a doctorate degree in English and a master’s degree in business administration and a master’s degree in English from the University at Buffalo, as well as a bachelor’s degree in English from the State University of New York at Geneseo.

Since 2010 Dalrymple has served as dean for the School of Liberal Arts at Excelsior College in Albany, N.Y., overseeing the school’s undergraduate and graduate programs in the humanities, social sciences and natural sciences. He also is the founding dean for the college’s School of Public Service, which includes programs in criminal justice and military studies. Excelsior College is a private, nonprofit institution serving approximately 37,000 predominately adult and military students across the nation through competency-based and online course formats.

Prior to his work at Excelsior College, Dalrymple served as tenured chair and associate professor of business administration and accounting at Hartwick College in Oneonta, N.Y., from 2003 to 2010. He taught courses in global business, marketing, statistical analysis in operations and fiction writing. During the 2005-06 year, he was named the Wandersee Faculty Scholar-in-Residence. He directed departmental assessment and accreditation activities, managed the department budget, oversaw faculty and staff hiring and performance reviews, and developed the curriculum for business and accounting courses. He sat on several committees, including the Academic Standards Committee, the Enrollment Management Committee of the Board of Trustees and the Presidential Taskforce on Student Retention. Hartwick College is a private, nonprofit, four-year liberal arts and sciences institution with a traditional day program serving about 1,600 students.

From 1999 to 2003 Dalrymple served as the Beech Professor of Business Administration, department chair of the business, accounting and economics department, and director of the MBA program at Southwestern College in Winfield, Kan., where he developed curriculum, directed program marketing and assessment, and oversaw faculty hiring and performance. He designed and oversaw the college’s MBA program for working adults. He sat on several committees, including the Curriculum Committee and the Faculty Concerns Committee. Southwestern College is a private, nonprofit, four-year institution with a traditional day campus and adult studies programs serving approximately 1,800 students.

Prior to his work in higher education, Dalrymple spent eight years in marketing, finance and entrepreneurship in corporate settings. He worked at Koch Industries in Wichita, Kan., from 1997 to 1999 as an internal consultant and facilitator, conducting seminars in entrepreneurship and leadership. From 1994 to 1996 he was a senior analyst in the finance department for National Fuel Gas Co. in Buffalo, N.Y., where from 1991 to 1993 he served as a senior analyst in the marketing research department.

Dalrymple has published several books, peer-reviewed articles and pieces of fiction. He co-authored the book Time Mastery, published by the American Management Association in 2005.

Dalrymple and his wife Tina – a tenured nursing professor – are both first generation college graduates, and they have five grown children between them.

Randall W. Hanna, J.D.


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Randy Hanna, J.D., has worked in higher education for 20 years as a trustee, commission chair, adjunct instructor and chancellor.  Hanna holds a Juris Doctor from Florida State University, a master’s degree in business administration from Emory University and a bachelor’s degree from the University of Florida. He is scheduled to defend his dissertation for his doctorate in education in April 2014 from the University of Pennsylvania.

Since 2011 Hanna has served as chancellor of the Florida College System, providing leadership for 28 state and community colleges that serve approximately 850,000 students. Hanna directs strategic planning and policy development, working with presidents, trustees, student affairs representatives, faculty and staff from each institution, as well as the commissioner of education, the state board of education, state legislators and the governor’s office. He also represents the system before the Florida legislature, and through his positions on the Higher Education Coordinating Council and the Florida Prepaid Tuition Board.

As chancellor he provided oversight for the development of a new strategic plan for the system and leads – together with the chancellor of the State University System – the Florida Virtual Campus. The Florida Virtual Campus includes a statewide college and university library automation system, an online counseling system and a statewide distance learning consortium. Hanna served as the first chairman of the distance learning consortium in the late 1990s.

His experience in higher education spans more than 20 years, having served on the boards of trustees for the University of West Florida, Florida A&M University and Tallahassee Community College. Hanna served two terms on the Florida State Board of Community Colleges, which was responsible for the coordination of the state’s 28 community colleges. He taught as an adjunct instructor for two years at Florida State University’s College of Law and Tallahassee Community College.

Hanna’s legal work included representing, together with his colleagues, the United States Department of Education on financial matters regarding loans granted to institutions of higher education nationwide, as well assisting universities and colleges finance student housing, athletic and academic facilities. Having served as chair of the Greater Tallahassee Chamber of Commerce and as chancellor, he has worked to recruit companies to Florida to meet expanding workforce and research demands created by the state’s growing number of college graduates. He also served as special counsel to U.S. Senator Bob Graham in 1990.

In 2004 Hanna was named as one of Florida’s Most Influential Floridians by Florida Trend Magazine for his leadership role in higher education in the state, was recipient of the 2002 Leader of the Year Award for the Tallahassee Area by Leadership Tallahassee and received the State Community College System Executive Director’s Award for service to the Florida Community College System in 2000.

Hanna was the first member of his family to attend college. He and his wife Jerri have two children.