Marsha Hanen

President Emeritus

Marsha Hanen

Dr. Marsha Hanen served as the fourth President and Vice-Chancellor of The University of Winnipeg, from 1989 to 1999. In her role as president, Hanen was instrumental in the advancement of UWinnipeg’s growth and development strategy.  During her tenure, notable accomplishments include: the passing of The University of Winnipeg Act, which had been highly sought after since the University’s creation in 1967, establishment of a full Bachelor of Education program, and the opening of both the Bulman Student Centre and the acclaimed Eckhardt-Gramatté Hall.   
Hanen is a staunch believer in the importance of liberal arts and science education at the undergraduate level; the Marsha Hanen Award for Excellence in Creating Community Awareness was established to recognize the activities of faculty and staff which reinforce the value of a liberal arts education and which expand understanding of, and respect for, UWinnipeg.

Throughout her career, Hanen has served on university and faculty committees and has been involved in community education, health organizations, arts organizations, and women's groups. Her academic work has focused on philosophy of law, philosophy of science, feminist theory, epistemology, liberal arts, inter-disciplinary education, research, ethics, and privacy. She has published numerous books and papers and has presented addresses at conferences across North America and abroad.

Hanen later served as President of the Sheldon Chumir Foundation for Ethics in Leadership. This role reflected her longstanding dedication to the promotion of ethical behaviour among leaders and prospective leaders and fostering principled, community-minded values and behaviour among the business community.
Hanen’s exemplary work has earned her many grants, awards, and honours, including induction to the Order of Canada and a Fellowship in Law and Philosophy at Harvard University.  Her solid academic credentials, consultative leadership style, and inclusive nature were well recognized throughout the university community.