Michael Hahn, Ph.D.
Assistant Dean
School of Education

Michael Hahn, Ph.D.. assistant dean of the school of education, is the current program director of character and virtue education at Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota. He received a B.A. in Political Science from Saint John’s University, a M.A. in Systematic Theology from Seton Hall University in 2010, a Th.M. in Systematic Theology from Saint John’s School of Theology in 2013, and a Ph.D. in Theology and Education from Boston College in 2019. He has given numerous academic presentations and his writing has appeared in the Journal of Catholic Higher Education, The American Benedictine Review, America, and Commonweal.

Nancy Erickson, M.A.
Associate Program Director
Character and Virtue Education

Nancy Erickson is the associate program director of character and virtue education in the school of education at Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota. She received a B.A. in Psychology from UCLA and received a M.A. in Education Administration from California State University in Los Angeles. Her passion for education is seen through her experience as a classroom teacher, special education paraprofessional, assistant principal, field placement coordinator, and student teacher supervisor. Her honors include being named Teacher of the Year. Nancy received a fellowship for the M.A. in Character Education at the University of Birmingham (UK). She also serves as a Minnesota State School of Character Evaluator for Character.org.

Nathan (Nate) Higgins, Ed.S.
Character Initiatives Outreach and Recruitment Coordinator
Character and Virtue Education


Nathan (Nate) Higgins is the character initiatives outreach and recruitment coordinator in the school of education. He received his B.A. in Elementary Education from The College of Saint Scholastica, M.Ed. in Applied Kinesiology from the University of Minnesota, and Education Specialist (Ed.S.) from Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota. Nate is a certified K-12 Principal. He is also a certified integrative holistic health and ultra-marathon running coach with an extensive basketball coaching background at both the high school and collegiate levels. With over two decades of service in various roles of public and private school education, Nate embraces his purpose of supporting students and preparing future educational leaders.