Dennis M. Hanno was appointed the eighth president of Wheaton College on February 22, 2014 and will be inaugurated this fall. He came to Wheaton from Babson College, where he has held senior leadership positions since 2006. He most recently served as Babson’s provost, senior vice president and President’s Endowed Professor of Accounting, in addition to leading the Babson-Rwanda Entrepreneurship Center (BREC) as executive director.
Previously, he served as the associate dean for Undergraduate Matters in the Isenberg School of Management at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, and on the faculty of Boston College.
A vocal advocate for responsible management education, Hanno serves on the board of the Globally Responsible Leadership Initiative, a worldwide network dedicated to developing a next generation of responsible leaders. He also plays an active role in the United Nations Principles of Responsible Management Education (PRME) movement, including contributing to several of its annual forums and publications. He most recently was named one of BostInno’s 50 on Fire for revolutionizing undergraduate education and for the active role he plays in the Boston and Babson communities.
At Babson, Hanno led many of the college’s initiatives in Africa, focusing on creating a more entrepreneurial environment across the continent. As the executive director of the Babson-Rwanda Entrepreneurship Center, the national host for Global Entrepreneurship Week, he oversees the work of the center’s in-country staff. Additionally, he has empowered thousands of youths in four African countries through a unique curriculum he has developed called “From Ideas to Action” as founder and director of the Babson Entrepreneurial Leadership Academies.
Hanno earned his bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of Notre Dame, his Master of Science degree in accounting from Western New England College, and his Ph.D. in management from the University of Massachusetts Amherst.