wished. Art decided to analyze and design a washing machine pump that could ingest small objects such as safety pins and paper clips. He presented the work at an American Society of Mechanical Engineers conference. It was published not as an archival publication but as a conference reprint. Much to his chagrin, Art had more requests for reprints of that paper than he did for all his more advanced papers put together.
Hansen left the University of Michigan to become dean of engineering at Georgia Tech in 1966. This assignment launched his successful career as a university administrator. With his open and positive personality, he was the right person in university administration for the difficult times on college campuses during the late 1960s and the decade of the 1970s. He shared with many of the student leaders a concern for contemporary social problems. In 1969 he became president of Georgia Tech, a position he held for only two years. He then accepted the call to be the first alumnus and eighth president of Purdue University.
His 11 years (1971–1982) as president of Purdue were highly successful for both Art Hansen and the university. Under his leadership, Purdue grew in size, stature, and breadth of academic offerings. He led the way to greater external fund-raising and broadened the extracurricular activities available to the community. The Arthur G. Hansen Life Sciences Research Building on the Purdue University campus was an important tribute to his influence. In 1982, Art left Purdue to become chancellor of the Texas A&M System, a position he held for four years before retiring to become director of research for the Hudson Institute for two years. In September 2002, he returned to Purdue to donate $1.8 million for the construction of a performing arts theater named after his wife, Nancy Tucker Hansen, who died the following year. At Purdue again, Art was considered the students’ president and helped them advance numerous social and academic causes on campus.
A continuous thread throughout Hansen’s career was his abiding interest in people and their desire to advance themselves. He made numerous decisions as an academic