Walt Hansen attended St. Bernardine School in Forest Park (now St. Luke-St. Bernardine Parish). This is important to his story because in third grade he was baptized into the faith. He attended Quigley North and Loyola University where he received a BA in Philosophy and Classical Language and an M.Ed. in Educational Administration and Supervision. During his career he has been an elementary school teacher and principal and a high school Latin teacher. He began his career in Development when he was asked by a long-time friend to become Vice President for Development at St. Ignatius College Prep. After a decade there, he became the Director of the late Cardinal Bernardin’s inner city schools fund known as Big Shoulders. Several years ago, he became a consultant serving a wide variety of predominately Catholic educational and social service agencies.
His favorite quote is from Cardinal Newman that puts his career in perspective: “He has committed some work to me. I have my mission – I may never know it in this life, but I shall be told it in the next. I am a link in a chain, a bond of connection between people. He has not created me for naught. I shall do good. I shall do His work.”