Hanes was named to her post as vice president in 2010, after having served as chancellor and professor of education at Penn State Harrisburg. In her role as vice president for Commonwealth Campuses, she is the chief academic and administrative leader for 19 predominately undergraduate Penn State campuses across the state and is responsible for strategic initiatives and development of the campuses, resource sharing, and student recruitment and retention.
Hanes has held various leadership positions at Penn State since 1988. Before arriving at Penn State Harrisburg, she was campus executive officer at Penn State Great Valley from 1997-2000; director of Academic Affairs at Penn State Delaware County (now Brandywine) from 1988-1997; and chief academic officer at Penn State Great Valley Graduate Center in 1995-96. Before coming to Penn State, she held various faculty and academic administrative positions with the University of South Carolina, Eastern Michigan University, and University of Colorado at Colorado Springs.
She earned a B.A. in education with majors in English and speech from the University of Florida; an M.A. in speech/language pathology from the University of Florida; and Ph.D. in curriculum and instruction from the University of Florida. Hanes received the Administrative Excellence award from Penn State in 1998, and in 2008, the University of Florida named her a Distinguished Alumnus.