Dan Hamlin, M.S. '78, is a School of Education alumnus with a different career path than most of our graduates, but he has kept the value of education at the forefront of his work and career. Originally from Georgia, Hamlin moved from Florida to Baltimore in his mid-20s to work as assistant comptroller at Johns Hopkins University. During that time, he completed a master's program in higher education administration that brought in executives from top companies and universities to teach the courses.
It was a fantastic program really first-rate, one that has been very practical to my work in higher education and research throughout my career, he reflects. The other students were also terrific, drawn from a broad spectrum of careers and experiences. ?I will never forget this opportunity.
Hamlin left Baltimore in 1976 to pursue a position at the University of Southern California, where he became the CFO. He then left California to join Peat Marwick and Mitchell in Washington, D.C. to begin building their higher education consulting practice, which eventually became part of BearingPoint. Retirement lasted only two months, and Hamlin reentered the work force in late 2005. Working as a consultant in his own firm led to his joining with several of his partners from BearingPoint and other firms in Washington to found Attain, a leading public sector professional services company. As vice president for higher education and state and local governments, Hamlin now travels from his current home in Florida to the Virginia/Washington, D.C. area on a monthly basis. He looks forward to reengaging with the school as it seeks to expand nationally and internationally.
This is a really exciting time to be part of the School of Education and help with its potential as a global educational institution, he notes.
Although his career has taken him far from the Homewood campus, Johns Hopkins retains a prominent position in Hamlin's life. He will ensure his own personal legacy at the School of Education through a bequest in his estate plan.
I believe strongly in giving back to an organization such as Johns Hopkins University. The program gave me invaluable tools that I have used throughout my life, and I will be forever grateful to the people I both worked with and met through my master's degree. My wife has also included the school in her estate plans as an extra measure of support.
I encourage alumni to take care of their family first, and then take the simple step of including the school in their estate plans.
For more information about a bequest to the school and our Lasting Legacy program, please visit: education.jhu.edu/Alumni_Friends/support or contact Associate Dean of Development, Michelle Ewing, at firstname.lastname@example.org, or 410-516-4183.