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Tim Hanson

Timothy Hanson hiked up a volcano on Santorini, hand-fed apes in Gibraltar, roamed bazaars in Morocco, and had his passport stolen in Mexico City.

Assistant Director for Security Operations, Timothy Hanson is a true Mainer.  Growing up in Rumford, Hanson led a normal life with loving parents and traditional schooling.  In his junior year of high school, his horizons expanded past Maine, when he learned that his passion lay in a six lettered word: travel.

"When I was in high school, I started taking a Spanish class and convinced my teacher to bring us to Mexico. It was pretty wild," he said.  "She was a fantastic teacher and I was amazed that she was convinced because it was a bunch of 16, 17 year olds that she was going to bring to Mexico. I got the bug for languages during that period of my life."

In his final year of high school, Hanson again went to Mexico City to explore, this time solo.  He rented a hotel for 30 days, immersing himself in the culture.  On his trip he got his passport stolen and admits to making some poor choices as a naïve traveler.

"I figure, I survived.  The experience of being so far from home, in a different culture, feeling how other people feel about, and perceive, the United States is really, really an amazing experience. I learned a lot that first solo trip."

After graduating high school, Hanson attended the University of Maine in Orono.  There, he studied Spanish, French, and Russian, earning a degree in Modern Languages.  In college, Hanson studied abroad in southern Spain for a year and visited Gibralter, Morocco and France.  After graduation, however, Hanson struggled to find a job in his field.

"I wasn't too excited about the employment prospects, so I decided that I would get certified as an ESL teacher," he said. "I did that and then I went to Spain with the intent of teaching English as a foreign language.  It didn't work out because in 2008 the economy there was really hitting the pits.  I stayed there for about eight months and when I came back, I needed a job. I was able to find one in security at a large corporate account in Massachusetts. I did that for a few years, working to increase my experience, and was fortunate to get promoted a few times. Then, I came here to Bowdoin."

Hanson now lives in Brunswick with his wife, who also loves to travel.  They save money for traveling and enjoy back-trail hiking.  In the fall of 2015, they did a long trip through France and Spain, ending at a beach side town near Barcelona.

At Bowdoin, Hanson is responsible for management of all security operations across campus, including the Bowdoin College Museum of Art.  Museum Security Supervisor was his first role here at the College, followed by Manager of Museum Security Operations, and ultimately Assistant Director for Security Operations. The varying responsibilities from day-to-day are exciting. “You never know what will come out of each interaction whether it is a phone call, radio dispatch, or a simple hello while walking across campus,” he said. “It’s really important for all of us in Security to maintain the mutual respect we enjoy with all college constituents. As the Director loves to say, ‘we in security do for people, not to, people’ and I think that is a significant reason we enjoy such rapport with the students, faculty, and staff here.”