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Hamline University Recognizes MayKao Hang and Beth Gunderson

Hamline University honored an alumna and a faculty member at its annual School of Business Alumni Gathering on Tuesday, February 20. Dr. MayKao Hang DPA ’14 was presented with the Distinguished Achievement Award, and Dr. Beth Gunderson was presented with the Outstanding Faculty Award.

Dr. MayKao Hang DPA ’14 is the president and CEO of the Amherst H. Wilder Foundation, a century old non-profit rooted in St. Paul dedicated to improving lives. In 2017, Hang was named as one of ten Most Admired CEOs by the Minneapolis-St. Paul Business Journal because of her transformative work at Wilder and beyond.

Dr. Beth Gunderson is the associate dean for academic affairs in the Hamline School of Business. She was named the Howard and Darrel Alkire Chair in International Business and Economics in 2012. Prior to becoming associate dean for academic affairs, Gunderson served as chair of the Hamline Department of Economics, Finance, Accounting and Quantitative Methods and the director of undergraduate studies.

The Distinguished Achievement Award is given to a degreed alumna/us of the college who has done extraordinary work in their field or volunteer activities. The Outstanding Faculty Award is given to a current or past faculty member of the School of Business who has exhibited exemplary teaching and has been involved in activities which reflect Hamline University’s mission and values. Both awards were first presented to faculty and alumni to honor their accomplishments in 2014.

Creativity and innovation in teaching and learning are the hallmark of Hamline University—home to about 4,000 undergraduate and graduate students. At Hamline, students collaborate with professors invested in their success. They are challenged inside and outside of the classroom to create and apply knowledge in local and global contexts, while cultivating an ethic of civic responsibility, social justice, and inclusive leadership and service.

Hamline is highly ranked in its class by a number of sources including U.S. News and World Report, Forbes.com, Washington Monthly, and Princeton Review. Founded in 1854, Hamline is Minnesota’s first university and among the first coeducational institutions in the nation.