Dan Haugen

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Dan Haugen
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Former candidate for
Board Member, Wayzata School Board, At-large
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 5, 2013
Term limitsN/A
Bachelor'sUniversity of Wisconsin, Eau Claire
Master'sUniversity of Wisconsin, Madison
Ph.D.University of Minnesota
ProfessionCollege president
Campaign website
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Dan Haugen was a candidate for an at-large seat on the Wayzata school board. He did not win a seat in the general election on November 5, 2013.


Dan Haugen earned his B.A. in Social Work from the University of Wisconsin, Eau Claire and his M.S. in Social Work from the University of Wisconsin, Madison before receiving his Ph.D. in Social Work from the University of Minnesota. Haugen began his academic career as an instructor at the University of Minnesota from 1981 to 1989. Since 1989, he has served as the president of the Adler Graduate School.[1]



See also: Wayzata Public Schools elections (2013)


Dan Haugen was defeated in a race against eight fellow candidates for three vacant at-large school board seats in the general election on November 5, 2013.


Wayzata Public Schools, At-large General Election, 4-year term, 2013
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngChris McCullough 21.9% 1,607
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngSarah Johansen 21% 1,539
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngAndrea Cuene 15.2% 1,112
     Nonpartisan Ted Victor 13.4% 981
     Nonpartisan Dan Haugen 12.2% 894
     Nonpartisan Derek Diesen 6.6% 486
     Nonpartisan David A. Lloyd 3.7% 268
     Nonpartisan Bill Pritchard 2.9% 215
     Nonpartisan Phil Napier 2.7% 200
     Nonpartisan Write-in votes 0.4% 29
Total Votes 7,331
Source: Office of the Minnesota Secretary of State, "Results for Selected Contests in School District No. 284 - Wayzata," accessed December 18, 2013


Dan Haugen reported $50.00 in contributions and $2,974.92 in expenditures to Wayzata Public Schools, which left his campaign with $2,924.92 in debt.[2]


Dan Haugen received endorsements for his campaign from Plymouth Mayor Kelli Slavik and former United States Representative Jim Ramstad, who represented Minnesota's 3rd Congressional District.[3]

Campaign themes

Haugen's campaign website listed the following campaign themes for 2013:[4]

  • The rapidly increasing size of our student population and the schools serving our students must be carefully managed. More specifically, we must be both thoughtful and creative as we develop and utilize our buildings, as we establish the geographic areas from which individual schools draw students and, most importantly, as we serve each and every student in an individualized manner.
  • Our resources are abundant, but ultimately finite. Remain creative and wise as we balance fiscal prudence and our obligations to accommodate rapidly maturing educational strategies/technologies and shifting student, family and community needs.
  • Address achievement gaps that persist between groups of students.
  • Evaluate school start-time options as we seek to optimize students’ academic success.
  • Assist in the ongoing development of student support services – for example, the expansion of school counseling and other services that help to support all students’ educational experiences and, ultimately, their academic success.
  • Build upon data-driven assessment strategies as we seek continuous improvement in teaching and learning.
  • Expand students’ opportunities for community service – match our District’s reputation for academic excellence with a reputation for community service.
  • Expand students’ opportunities to develop leadership skills and an understanding of their obligations as citizens.
  • Treat the growing diversity of our student body as an extraordinary learning opportunity for all students and staff
  • Help students to develop a clear understanding of the process for setting life goals, for establishing clear plans for pursuing those goals and for developing a work ethic that supports goal achievement.

Note: The above quote is from the candidate's website, which may include some typographical or spelling errors.

What was at stake?

There were three seats on the school board up for election on November 5, 2013. None of the three incumbents with expiring terms, including Board Chair Susan Jean Hayes Droegemueller, filed for re-election. Nine newcomers, Andrea Cuene, Derek Diesen, Dan Haugen, Sarah Johansen, David A. Lloyd, Chris McCullough, Phil Napier, Bill Pritchard and Ted Victor filed for the three open seats.

About the district

See also: Wayzata Public Schools, Minnesota
Wayzata Public Schools is located in Hennepin County, Minnesota
Wayzata Public Schools is located in Hennepin County, Minnesota. The county seat of Hennepin County is Minneapolis. According to the 2010 United States Census, Hennepin County is home to 1,184,576 residents.[5]


Hennepin County outperformed the rest of Minnesota in terms of its median rates of average household income and higher education achievement but underperformed in terms of its poverty rate in 2011. The median household income in Hennepin County was $62,966 compared to $58,476 for the state of Minnesota. The poverty rate in Hennepin County was 12.3% compared to 11.0% for the entire state. The United States Census Bureau also found that 44.7% of Hennepin County residents aged 25 years and older attained a Bachelor's degree compared to 31.8% in Minnesota.[5]

Racial Demographics, 2012[5]
Race Hennepin County (%) Minnesota (%)
White 76.7 86.5
Black or African American 12.3 5.5
American Indian and Alaska Native 1.2 1.3
Asian 6.7 4.4
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander 0.1 0.1
Two or More Races 3.0 2.2
Hispanic or Latino 6.9 4.9

Presidential Voting Pattern[6]
Year Democratic Vote Republican Vote
2012 423,982 240,073
2008 420,958 231,054
2004 383,841 255,133
2000 307,599 225,657

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