After 33 years of service to Concordia College, Ansel Hakanson retired Jan. 17. He started at Concordia in 1976 as director of the physical plant and remained in that position until 2006, when he was named director of campus facilities planning.
As director, Hakanson oversaw the major remodeling and renovation of every residence hall on campus, Memorial Auditorium, the Advancement Center, the president’s residence and several other classroom buildings.
He also supervised the new building construction of Jones Science Center, Olson Forum and Skyway, the bell tower and plaza, Bogstad East and the Townhouses, Olin Art and Communications Center and others, culminating with the new Knutson Campus Center. Of the most notable projects for Hakanson was the bell tower.
“The Campanile is a very unique structure and the type of project that few people get a chance to be a part of,” he says.
Hakanson’s last project for Concordia was the Knutson Campus Center. He was pleased to see the building come to life and impact the students and the campus in such a dramatically positive way.
“My time at Concordia was very busy and challenging, which was also very rewarding and made the 33 years go by very fast,” Hakanson says.
He also served as a member of the Northland Educators Federal Credit Union board of directors on two occasions, including serving as president of the board and currently as a member of the policy committee. He received the Flaat Distinguised Service Award in 1998.
“Receiving the Flaat Award was a very surprising, humbling but appreciated experience,” he says.
Hakanson and his wife, Peggy, plan to spend a significant amount of time traveling in their motor home and more time with their children and grandchildren.
“The opportunity to work with so many creative, talented, committed people over the 33 years has been very rewarding,” Hakanson says.