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Campbellsville Board of Trustees Appoints Dean of Samford as 12th President of University


Staff, students and more meet with President-elect Tuesday

CAMPBELLSVILLE, Ky. (CU Public Affairs) – Dr. Joseph “Joe” Hopkins, dean of the School of Arts at Samford University, has been elected the 12th 115-year president of the University of Campbellsville effective February 1 2022.

The University of Campbellsville Board of Trustees voted Monday afternoon to elect Hopkins and University of Campbellsville employees, staff and students will meet with the President-elect on Tuesday, November 9 at a special meeting in Ransdell Chapel.

Hopkins was recommended to the board by the presidential research committee chaired by Dr. Larry Noe, who served on the board since 1994 and as president from 1999 to 2001. The nationwide research was conducted with ZRG Partners executive support. research firm.

“Dr. Hopkins is a dynamic educator who brings a wealth of experience and energy to the presidency,” said Noe. “He understands the mission of Christian higher education and will take Campbellsville University to a new level. on duty.”

Henry Lee, Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the University of Campbellsville, said, “The Board of Trustees sees Dr. Joe Hopkins as a person of vision and action. We look forward to his leadership.

“Likewise, our faculty, staff and students will discover a president who reflects a sense of enthusiasm as we develop this institution. “

Hopkins is in his 16th year as Dean of the School of the Arts at Samford University. Prior to this appointment, he was Dean of the Petrie School of Music at Converse College and Chairman of the Music Department at the University of Evansville.

He has enjoyed a distinguished career as a scholar-performer and leader in arts administration, including nominations by international festivals, higher education councils and the Fulbright program.

“I am honored to join the great people and traditions of the University of Campbellsville,” said Hopkins.

“Suzanne and I are drawn to the strong Christian mission and have fallen in love with the heart of CU. It is an extraordinary community that shapes a courageous and necessary model for higher education that serves the Body of Christ with excellence.

As Dean, Hopkins has guided the tremendous growth in registrations, fundraising and community engagement. The academic reputation has been enhanced by the recruitment of nationally engaged faculty, innovative programs and applications, and dynamic international programs.

Hopkins founded and directed the Harlaxton International Chamber Music Festival, was on the faculty of the Operafestival di Roma, and has performed across Europe, Asia, Africa and the Americas.

Highlights include major opera roles; solo performances with the Moscow State Philharmonic Orchestra, the St. Petersburg State Orchestra, the Rome International Chamber Orchestra; and performed at St. Martin in the Fields Church in London, Weill Recital Hall in Carnegie Hall and on Chinese National Radio.

Hopkins is a graduate of Shorter University, Baylor University, and Indiana University. He obtained the Diploma in Educational Management and Leadership from Harvard University. He chairs the Global Connections Committee of the International Council of Deans of Fine Arts; his contributions to art administration have been published and presented in national and international forums; and he was Senior Fulbright Specialist in Indonesia.

Hopkins is an ordained minister and has served in churches in Indiana, Texas, Georgia, South Carolina, Alabama, and Kentucky. Currently he is a worship pastor at the First Baptist Church in Birmingham. He and his wife perform together and have shared ministry, teaching and community. She is a music educator who has taught at university and elementary levels, as well as her own private studio.

Their 18-year-old son Joseph is a first year corporate finance student at Samford University. Vance, 16, is a junior and athlete at Briarwood High School. The family dog, Winston, is the most loved and well-known member of the family.


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