Accounting Alumnus of the Year 2013:
Dennis Hanno PhD '90
No matter how prominent he becomes as a leader in higher education, Dennis Hanno '90 Ph.D. CPA remains true to his accounting and Isenberg roots. In December 2007-a year and a half after leaving Isenberg to become undergraduate dean at Babson College-Dennis met with Isenberg accounting grad John Spinney '87 to jump-start the alumni-driven initiative that yielded the Richard H. Simpson Professorship in Accounting-the department's first fully endowed professorship.
At the same time, Dennis was securing his legacy as an inspirational, legendary academic leader at Babson-just as he had during his eight years as undergraduate dean at Isenberg. Last July, Babson appointed Dennis as Murata Dean of its F.W. Olin Graduate School of Business and as the college's Vice Provost. In the first role, he has energized and brought innovation to the graduate school. In the second, he has brought best practices to campus-wide support services including admissions, student affairs, registrar, athletics, international programs, and student financial services.
As undergraduate dean at Babson and Isenberg, Dennis championed experiential learning, interdisciplinary education, student involvement in their institutions' surrounding communities, and overseas study-including his own trips with students to Ghana. His infectious energy and, innovative programs have generated extraordinary enthusiasm and involvement-especially among students and younger alumni.
Dennis joined Isenberg's accounting faculty in 1992; he was the School's undergraduate dean from 1998 through 2006. Before Isenberg, he was an assistant professor at Boston College from 1990-1992.
Dennis is Chair for the Educators Credential Committee of the Massachusetts Board of Public Accountancy. He is also a member of the American Accounting Association and the American Institute for Certified Public Accountants and serves on the AICPA's Virtual Grassroots Panel.
In addition to his Ph.D. from Isenberg, Dennis earned an M.S. degree in Accounting from Western New England University and a B.B.A. degree in accountancy from Notre Dame University.
Dennis is married to his wife, Susan. They have two wonderful children, Ted and Emily.