Faculty & Staff SpotlightThomas Hanson

Dr. Thomas Hanson

Professor of Management and Law

Thomas Hanson has more than 25 years of teaching experience at Concordia, helping to develop the University’s first accelerated adult undergraduate and graduate business programs. He served as the chair of the MBA program at Concordia for several years and also has served as Dean of Enrollment Management, Associate College Dean, College Dean and Executive Director of University Marketing.

Hanson bought his first business at the age of 16, went on to earn advanced degrees in his field and has spent decades guiding future entrepreneurs. He is pursuing certification as a Christian Reconciler to help congregations and other church entities manage times of crisis. He served six years in the US Air Force, flying as a navigator on KC-135 airplanes.


  • J.D., William Mitchell College of Law (1987)
  • M.B.A, Rensselelaer Polytechnic Institute (1981)
  • B.S.B., University of Minnesota (1975)


Entrepreneurship, franchising, business law, strategic leadership and Christian organizational conflict resolution.