William D. “Bill” Hansen has more than 30 years of experience in education at the kindergarten-12th grade and postsecondary levels. Prior to becoming USA Funds®’ president and chief executive officer in July 2013, he worked for 15 years in the public sector and 20 years in the corporate and nonprofit sectors.
As USA Funds CEO, Hansen oversees an organization that since 1960 has supported a total of $247 billion in financial aid for higher education. USA Funds has served approximately 22.4 million students and parents, as well as thousands of educational and financial institutions.
Hansen is recognized as a national leader in the education sector. He served as deputy U.S. secretary of education from 2001-2003, acting as the department’s chief operating officer and managing 5,000 employees and a $100 billion annual budget. He played a key role in developing and implementing landmark legislation that enhanced accountability in education and helped the Education Department earn its first-ever independent clean financial audit.
Previously at the Education Department, he had served as assistant secretary for management and budget and chief financial officer.
Hansen’s previous private sector experience includes service as president and chairman of Scantron Corp. and Global Scholar, providers of assessment and survey solutions to education, commercial and government organizations internationally. He also co-founded, with former U.S. Education Secretary Rod Paige, an education-related consulting firm. Additionally, he was senior vice president and managing director of the state and local solutions education services business for Affiliated Computer Services, a Fortune 500 company. He also was president of the Education Finance Council, a trade association representing state-based student loan finance organizations.
Hansen was a member of four state education commissions in the Commonwealth of Virginia, helping improve education and workforce opportunities for students. He also has served on the boards of nonprofit organizations, including The Education Sector, Reading Is Fundamental, the National Guard Youth Foundation, ThanksUSA, the Indy Chamber, Million Meal Movement (formerly Kids Against Hunger), and the United Way of Central Indiana. He has been an advisory board member for the University of Virginia Curry School of Education, Brigham Young University-Idaho, the George W. Romney Institute of Public Management at BYU, and Southern Virginia University.
He recently was appointed to the board of the Forum for the Future of Higher Education, which hosts the Aspen Symposium.
A graduate of George Mason University in Virginia, Hansen also attended Idaho State University, which recognized Hansen as a distinguished alumnus in 2003.