Press Release for Friday, January 25, 2008

Hopkins Gets Award for Achievement in Politics and Government

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

Jacksonville resident Dr. Anne H. Hopkins, former University of North Florida president, was recently presented the Diane Blair Award for Outstanding Achievement in Politics and Government.

This award is presented every two years to a political scientist who has played an outstanding role in politics and government. Hopkins received her award earlier this month at the Southern Political Science Association annual meeting in New Orleans.

“This is a prestigious award of national significance, which highlights the importance of Dr. Hopkins’ career and the impact she has had on her colleagues and the public at large,” said Dr. Matthew Corrigan, associate professor and chair of UNF’s Department of Political Science and Public Administration.

For the last 40 years, Hopkins, a Southside resident, has served as a professor, researcher and administrator in higher education. She is currently a part-time political science professor at UNF and was president of the University from 1999 to 2002. Prior to her position at UNF, she served as provost and executive vice president for Academic Affairs at Miami University; vice president for Arts, Sciences and Engineering, University of Minnesota; vice provost, University of Tennessee; and political science chair, Hobart and William Smith Colleges.

Not only has she been involved in academics but also various aspects of practical politics during the course of her career.

While a faculty member at the University of Tennessee, she became involved with the university’s faculty senate and chaired its legislative committee. As an outgrowth of the committee, she was hired in 1983 by the Chancellor to assist him as a lobbyist for the University of Tennessee, during the era when the Tennessee governor had launched a major initiative to enhance funding for higher education. Hopkins spent most of that year in Nashville collaborating on this initiative with legislators and other lobbyists.

In the early 90s, she led an initiative among all the academic components of the five University of Minnesota campuses and the State University System to reach an agreement on a common general education core curriculum that would facilitate transfer among all institutions. This was a huge political issue at the time with the state legislature and took more than two years to fully implement.

Additionally, Hopkins was a registered lobbyist for 12 years in Florida, Minnesota and Ohio, working with legislators, executive officials and others in higher education.

Over the years, she has been actively serving the community and the state. 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. In 2006, Gov. Jeb Bush appointed Hopkins as a commissioner of the Florida Commission on Human Relations.

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.