15 Feb. 2018
St. Andrews faculty and staff gathered on Jan. 31 in the Vardell Atrium to show their appreciation for Dr. Robert J. Hopkins’ years of service as Vice President of Academic Affairs (2003-2017).
Dr. Hopkins graduated from Tennessee Tech University with a Bachelors in Science in 1968. He then furthered his education receiving a Masters in Science from the University of Tennessee in Knoxville in 1970. Finally, Dr. Hopkins received his Ph.D. in Agricultural Economics from the University of Tennessee in Knoxville in 1972.
Beginning his journey at St. Andrews in 1983, he first became a member of an interdisciplinary team that developed and taught introductory freshmen level courses. Dr. Hopkins maintained membership on various committees including the Tenure Review Committee and the Retention Task Force Committee. As Chair of the Faculty Committee, he assisted the Board of Trustees with their search for a new president for St. Andrews Presbyterian College in 1987. Continuing to excel in leadership roles, Dr. Hopkins was a recipient of the Seers Faculty Leadership award in 1990.
He left the St. Andrews faculty to become Deputy Manager and Education and Training Manager for the Laurinburg Electronic Commerce Center (ECRC) in the late 1990’s. Through the ECRC, which was funded by the Department of Defense, Dr. Hopkins worked congruently with St. Andrews Presbyterian College. Returning as a faculty member at St. Andrews in 2001, Dr. Hopkins was once again placed at the forefront for redefining the General Education Program adopted in January to better serve the needs of St. Andrews students. In 2001, Dr. Hopkins also served as Chair of the General Education Program until 2003 when he began his role as Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean of the College.
Dr. Hopkins returned for the 2018 semester and is teaching Business Ethics, Macroeconomics and Sage 240: Human Culture and Thought.
At the Jan. 31 reception, St. Andrews University president Paul Baldasare presented Dr. Hopkins with a plaque that read in part, “For his years and dedicated service to the University and its faculty and students as Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean, 2003-2017.”
(By Kiah Cheatham for COM 454 and Dr. Henery)