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Dr. MayKao Y. Hang

Meet the Dean

Meet the Dean

For Dr. MayKao Y. Hang, developing the next generation of health leaders who respond to the people who live in our communities right now is critical.

"It is really about educating leaders who are going to go out into the world with the moral courage and cultural competency to deliver services and remove the barriers for those who are unable to access the health care so they can live productive and healthy lives," says Dr. Hang. "The Morrison Family College of Health is brand new, so we can design this with the future in mind. That means being far more globally, ethically and technology-oriented."

Dr. MayKao Hang poses outdoors on the St. Thomas campus.

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About the Dean

Dr. MayKao Y. Hang was appointed vice president and founding dean of the Morrison Family College of Health in the fall of 2019. Hang is a proven, values-based leader who is passionate about the well-being of underserved communities and a champion of addressing disparities, and her background makes her an exciting fit to lead the new college. In her previous role as president and CEO of the Wilder Foundation, she designed programs and initiatives to address complex community issues and worked to integrate behavioral health services. That integrative approach is exactly how our new College of Health seeks to differentiate itself.

Dr. Hang earned her BA in psychology from Brown University, her MA in public affairs from the University of Minnesota, and a doctorate in public administration from Hamline University.

"It is really about educating leaders who are going to go out into the world with the moral courage and cultural competency to deliver services and remove the barriers for those who are unable to access the health care so they can live productive and healthy lives.”

Dr. MayKao Y. Hang