Press Release for Thursday, January 15, 2004

Former UNF President's Portrait Unveiled

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The portrait of former University of North Florida President Dr. Anne Hopkins was presented Thursday, Jan. 15, during a Board of Trustees meeting at the University Center on the UNF campus.

The oil painting was done by Robert Kuester, whose commissions include paintings for the National Cowboy Hall of Fame, Wayne State University and Ford Motor Co.

Hopkins was named the fourth permanent president of UNF in November 1998 and took office in January 1999. She came to UNF from Miami University in Ohio, where she was provost and vice president for Academic Affairs.

Under Hopkins’ leadership, UNF’s enrollment increased by 1,500 students and work on the new Science and Engineering Building began. The University’s civil engineering and mechanical engineering programs also were started during her tenure. Nearly 50 endowments also were created.

Hopkins also oversaw the transition to a local Board of Trustees from the Board of Regents.

Her tenure also is marked with two Commissioner’s Cups, as Athletics won the Peach Belt Conference's best overall athletic program in 2000 and 2001.

“Every part of our University was improved under Anne’s leadership,” UNF President John Delaney said. “Her contributions were widespread and will be enjoyed for generations to come.”

Hopkins announced her intention to step down as president in June 2002 for health reasons. Her last official day as president of UNF was Aug. 2, 2002.

Hopkins is now a member of the faculty in the Department of Political Science and Public Administration.

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