Press Release for Thursday, November 2, 2006

Hopkins Appointed to Florida Commission on Human Relations

Contact: Joanna Norris, Assistant Director
Department of Media Relations and Events
(904) 620-2102

Gov. Jeb Bush appointed Dr. Anne Hopkins as a commissioner of the Florida Commission on Human Relations. She will serve a four-year term upon Senate approval.

“I am delighted to welcome Dr. Hopkins to the Commission. Her experience, talent and knowledge will serve as a valuable resource in protecting the rights of the people of Florida,” said Commission Chair Rita Barreto Craig. “I look forward to working with Dr. Hopkins as we continue our important work in promoting tolerance and preventing unlawful discrimination.”

Hopkins, a Southside resident, is a UNF political science professor and served as the University’s president from 1999 until 2002. She has served as a trustee of the Minneapolis Foundation and as Minnesota Commissioner of the Midwest Higher Education Commission. Additionally, Hopkins has served on the board of the National Center for Research Libraries, the Ohio Board of Regents Funding Commission on Graduate Education and the American Council of Education’s Advisory Committee for the Center for Policy Analysis.

Locally, she has served on the boards of the Chamber of Commerce, Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra, WJCT Public Radio and Television, the Ritz Chamber Players and the Super Bowl Host Committee.

The FCHR consists of 12 commissioners of various racial, religious, ethnic, social, economic, political and professional groups within the state, all appointed to four-year terms by the Governor subject to Senate approval.

The Commission is the state agency charged with enforcing the Florida Civil Rights Act and Fair Housing Act. The Florida Legislature has declared that the purpose of these laws is to protect the people of Florida from discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, marital status or familial status.