NDSU names director of payroll

NDSU names director of payroll


Patricia “Pat” Hanson was named NDSU’s director of payroll, effective Sept. 3.

She was hired as the associate director of payroll in the Office of Human Resources and Payroll on Oct. 19, 2018, and served as the interim director of payroll since March 1 of this year.

Hanson brings more than 22 years of progressive experience in the payroll and human resources fields. Her professional history includes positions as director of payroll, associate director and director of Human Resources and Payroll Services at the University of North Dakota, Grand Forks, as well as grants and contracts officer and department administrator. While there, Hanson directed a payroll department that was responsible for the compensation and benefits of more than 6,000 employees.  In addition to administration of the payroll function, her duties included the research and resolution of complex payroll and compliance issues, implementation of new technology and the establishment of a learning management system for all employees.

Hanson earned her bachelor’s degree in accounting and management from UND, and is a certified public accountant. She holds certifications as a Senior Professional in Human Resources and a Society of Human Resource Management Senior Certified Professional.

“I am honored and excited to be given this opportunity to lead a great payroll team here at NDSU, as we continue to explore new ways to create efficiencies and improve the processing of our payroll at NDSU and the NDUS campuses we assist through shared services,” Hanson said. “I look forward to working with departments and other institutions to develop a collaborative environment to enhance the services provided to the employees we serve.”

Bruce Bollinger, vice president for finance and administration, said, “Pat brings valuable experience in payroll and other areas that will help to enhance the processes here at NDSU. I am pleased that she accepted the position and look forward to her leadership in the Payroll Office and the Finance and Administration division.”

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