Notable Leaders in Higher Education: Abigail Hanna

Class of 2023

  • Category: Notable Leaders in Higher Education
  • Number of years working in your current industry: 20
  • Undergrad degree/university: B.S., University of Wisconsin — Oshkosh
  • Graduate degree/university: Ed.D., Creighton University; M.Ed., Concordia University of Wisconsin

Abigail Hanna, Ed.D., vice president of administrative planning and innovation and chief organizational development officer at Carthage College in Kenosha, is viewed by colleagues as a force for positive change.

“She is thoughtful, discerning and savvy about how to work with alumni, faculty, staff, students, community partners and board members and is never afraid to execute the plan once she determines it,” said John Swallow, president and CEO of Carthage.  

Hanna was the lead staff member in the 17-month process to reconsider Carthage’s “Red Men” athletic team name. She advised on the composition of the large task force of board, faculty, staff and student members; managed that task force; and designed and analyzed constituent surveys. Through her leadership, the task force recommended moving past Red Men and adopting Firebirds as the new team name. 

Hanna also oversaw the installation of a new ERP. She has moved Carthage through the finance and HR phase and is now leading the effort for student records.

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