In 1945, C. Arnold Hanson enrolled as the first graduate student in Cornell’s newly established field of Industrial and Labor Relations (ILR), and was awarded its first Ph.D. degree in 1948. He was among the first scholars to examine labor arbitration awards as a means of understanding labor relations problems. Following receipt of his doctorate in 1949, he was appointed to the Faculty in the School of Industrial and Labor Relations, was named director of the School’s Office of Resident Instruction, as well as graduate field representative. These positions he held until his departure in 1961.
Professor Hanson was appointed Dean of Faculty in 1957 at a time when high tension existed between the President and Faculty regarding their respective areas of authority. He proved a true and effective representative of the Faculty’s interests, a well-organized administrator of the dean’s office, and the force contributing to campus community.
In 1961, when Professor Hanson left Cornell, he became President of Gettysburg College until his retirement in 1977. He passed away on June 19, 1983.