Dean of the School of the Arts Joe Hopkins has served in many positions, from being a former opera singer to currently working as worship pastor of First Baptist Church of Birmingham. On Feb.1, 2022, Hopkins will transition to the role of president of Campbellsville University in Campbellsville, Kentucky.
According to Hopkins, becoming president of Campbellsville University was not an aspiration that he always had, but after being nominated by several mentors and exploring the campus, it was something that he decided to pursue.
“As I explored Campbellsville, I found a Christ-centered mission and creative spirit that was bursting with excitement and growth,” Hopkins said.
In the article, “Campbellsville University Board of Trustees selects Samford University dean as 12th president of Campbellsville University,” the chair of the Presidential Search Committee at Campbellsville University, Larry Noe, discussed how qualified Hopkins is for the position.
“Dr. Hopkins is a vibrant educator who brings a wealth of experience and energy to the presidency,” Noe said. “He understands the mission of Christian higher education and will lead Campbellsville University to a new level of service.”
Regarding his current plans as the next president, Hopkins said that he does not wish to change the DNA of Campbellsville, but rather hopes to build on the foundation of the university while also searching for “new measures of excellence and new frontiers of entrepreneurship.”
As to how Hopkins was able to achieve this accomplishment, he said that the key was finding great mentors who inspired him and had confidence in his abilities.
“Dr. Westmoreland and so many others have shaped my life toward this kind of opportunity,” Hopkins said. “Quite often, these folks had confidence in me when I was lacking it. The model of their lives has guided me through countless moments and will serve as inspiration in the days ahead.”