(DENMARK, SC) – Dr. Ronnie Hopkins recently assumed the role of interim president of Voorhees College while the board searches for the institution’s tenth president.
Before serving as interim president, Hopkins served as the institution’s provost and vice president for academic affairs, accreditation liaison, and is a tenured professor of English.
He said as the Board of Trustees commences a search for the 10th president, he is both honored and humbled to serve as interim president of Voorhees College.
“I truly look forward to providing students, faculty, staff, alumni, and all other college constituents with dynamic leadership, guidance, and direction in support of our vision of academic excellence and distinction,” said Hopkins. “I offer my sincere congratulations and blessings for continued success to Dr. W. Franklin Evans, the college’s ninth president as God has enlarged his territory and as he begins a new chapter of his career trajectory. President Evans has been an extraordinary leaders for Voorhees and a remarkable mentor to me.“
Hopkins added, “In the tradition of excellence and ambition instilled by our founder, Elizabeth Evelyn Wright, during my tenure as interim president, I will be highly engaged and my work will be intentional to ensure that Voorhees College continues to rise in its higher education ranks and continues to be a place where students Being. Believe. Become.”
According to Hopkins, Evans will serve as a presidential consultant through the end of January.
In November of 2020, West Liberty University named Voorhees College’s ninth president Dr. W. Franklin Evans as the university’s 37th president. Evans became the first Black president in the 183-year history of the college and assumed the role on January 1, 2021.
During Hopins’ productive and progressive career in pubic and higher education for nearly 30 years, Hopkins served in many administrative and instructional positions that involved supervision of faculty, staff, students, budgeting, and strategic planning. He has authored over $30 million dollars in grant awards to advance higher education priorities.
Formerly, he served at Benedict College as the founding dram of the Freshman Institute and the School of Honors. Additionally, he served as the professor of English and chair in the Department of English, Foreign Languages, and Mass Communication. As well as dean of the School of Continuing Education, Graduate Studies and Lifelong Learning.
Hopkins actively serves as an Off-site and On-site Reaffirmation Committee Evaluator for the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges. He is also a founder and Chief Executive Officer of Possible Worlds Foundation, Inc., a non-profit organization that provides full-service career strategic directions and opportunities in education and employment for disenfranchised citizens impacted by homelessness, incarceration, and HIV/AIDS.
He earned his bachelor’s degree in English with a secondary teaching certification from North Carolina Central University. Also, Hopkins earned a master’s degree and a doctorate in English from Michigan State University. Additionally, he completed postdoctoral studies at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and received a Doctor of Humane Letters Honoris Causa from Saint Monica University in Buea, Cameroon, Central West Africa.
Hopkins is a member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., Bible Way Church of Atlas Road, and the Class of 2020 Executive Leadership Academy sponsored by the American Academic Leadership Institute for preparation of experienced college executive officers to become successful presidents and chancellors.
About Voorhees College
Voorhees College is a private historically black liberal arts institution affiliated with the Episcopal Church, whose mission is to produce highly qualified graduates who coalesce intellect and faith in pursuit of life-long learning, healthy living, the betterment of society, and an abiding faith in God. For more information, visit www.voorhees.edu.