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Fairhaven College of Interdisciplinary Studies Distinguished Alumnus 2013

Royal A. Hanson, CEO, Hanson Research Corp

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Roy Hanson, holding the guitar in the photo above, Fairhaven College of Interdisciplinary Studies Distinguished Alumnus recipient

Roy Hanson (’75, Interdisciplinary Concentration), holding the guitar in the photo above, came to Western sight unseen, with a sense of adventure that has continued to fuel his success as chairman and CEO of Hanson Research Corp. – a world leader in dissolution test technology for the pharmaceutical industry.

Hanson was drawn to the experimental nature of Fairhaven College and its focus on interdisciplinary studies. His favorite memories include learning about China from the late John McClendon. Hanson has traveled to China more than 50 times in his career and now conducts business there. Hanson Research Corp. now sells testing equipment to major pharmaceutical manufacturers around the globe.

In addition to his work in the pharmaceutical industry, Hanson is a guitarist who plays blues rock, folk and traditional Irish music.