On Jan. 20 in Room 301 of the Science Building, a reception was held to honor Dennis Hannon, vice president for finance and administration, who retired Feb. 1. President Elsa Núñez wished Hannon the very best as he enters the next phase of his life. "His professional approach and warm personal style have added much to the spirit of collaboration and the common sense of purpose that marks our campus community. Dennis is deeply committed to the well being of Eastern and the people who study, teach, and work here. I could not have been served better by a more dedicated colleague. I will miss his sense of humor, his respectful approach to working with colleagues and his passion for Eastern."
Nunez said Hannon's "strong and intelligent leadership have been particularly evident during difficult budget discussions at the state level over the years, and he has stood tall in representing Eastern's interests in those deliberations." She cited his ongoing commitment in addressing the inadequacy of the funding formula; his leadership in developing the University's Master Plan; and his calm and thoughtful approach to many other financial and administrative projects and responsibilities, which have helped make Eastern a strong institution and have set the stage for our continued success into the future.
Hannon also serves as president of the board of directors at Windham Hospital, where he will be missed as well. "In addition to being a leader at Eastern, he has also been committed and dedicated to the success of Windham Memorial Hospital, " said Catina Caban-Owen, hospital board member and adjunct professor of social work. "Dennis is also keenly aware of the social disparities which exist in our town and how these in turn, affect health care specifically to Latinos and others in Windham. He has always had an attitude of inclusion at the board level, listening with care to the input of those of us who advocate for equal access to health care and treatment."