President Hamen served as vice president for enrollment management, athletics, and student affairs at North Central College in Naperville, Illinois, for eighteen years. Prior to her time at North Central College, Hamen’s experience included positions in Catholic higher education at the College of St. Benedict, Saint Joseph, Minnesota, and at St. Mary’s University in Winona, Minnesota, in addition to serving at public institutions.
President Hamen holds a Juris Doctorate degree from DePaul University College of Law in Chicago, Illinois. She has completed Ph.D. coursework in educational administration at the University of Minnesota and holds a Master of Science degree from Winona State University. Committed to the value of a Catholic, liberal-arts education, Hamen also holds an undergraduate degree from the University of St. Catherine in Saint Paul, Minnesota.
She played an active role in the New American Colleges and Universities consortium, taught classes in the North Central graduate programs and served on numerous NCAA Division III committees.