Bob Hanle has more than 35 years of experience in state government, 25 with the Wisconsin State Budget Office where he specialized in issues related to elementary and secondary education, higher education and children and families. During that time (1986-2011), he served five Wisconsin governors, from Anthony Earl to Scott Walker. Among the issues he worked on were the creation of the Department of Children and Families, the Milwaukee Parental Choice Program, and the SAGE program to reduce class size in the early elementary school grades. In addition, he provided analytical support for a number of modifications to the state's school financing system and staffed several gubernatorial task forces.
Prior to the State Budget Office, Bob spent eight years conducting program evaluations at the Legislative Audit Bureau. He started his professional career as an administrator and psychology instructor at Viterbo University in La Crosse, along with future La Follette Outreach Director Terry Shelton.
Bob works as a part-time School Policy and Finance Consultant at the Department of Public Instruction. In addition, for the last dozen years or so, he has taught classes on the state budget process in the University of Wisconsin–Madison's Certified Public Manager Program.
Bob received his undergraduate degree in physics from Lafayette College in Pennsylvania and his master's and Ph.D. in education from Northwestern University.