Anne Hopkins has made her mark on several academic institutions, but none is as close to her heart as Syracuse University, where she earned bachelor's, master's, and doctoral degrees in political science. "It was wonderful every step of the way," recalls Hopkins, a fourth-generation graduate of SU. "Syracuse runs deep in my soul."
hopkins       In fact, Hopkins still considers the Oath to Athenian City State, inscribed in the foyer of Maxwell Hall, as a guiding force in her life. The oath is a pledge to the duties of public service and leadership, and she has found it easy to adapt those principles to the academic world.
      Hopkins, president of the University of North Florida (UNF) in Jacksonville since last January, says her time at Syracuse influenced every aspect of her life. Although a career in educational administration was not her goal, she became increasingly aware of her love for academia during her graduate work at the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs.
      After completing her studies in 1969, she became an assistant professor of political science at Hobart and William Smith Colleges in Geneva, New York, and later chaired the political science department. In 1974, she joined the faculty at the University of Tennessee at Knoxville, and later served as assistant provost and vice provost. "In Tennessee I really found out how the academic world works," Hopkins says. "At that point I began to take a strong interest in administration."
      In 1990, she became an administrator at the University of Minnesota system, serving as vice provost for arts and sciences and engineering. Five years later she was named provost and executive vice president for academic affairs at Miami University of Ohio, where she later served as acting president.
      For Hopkins, the key to successful leadership is a willingness to get to know the people she serves. She also recognizes the importance of cultivating a strong relationship with faculty members. "The faculty are the heart and soul of an educational institution," she says. "My time as a provost gave me a good opportunity to see how that relationship works."
      A successful administrative tenure, Hopkins believes, contributes to the institution's progress and challenges the individual. "Eventually you reach a point where you have done all you can do," she says. Which is why, as much as she enjoyed working at Miami of Ohio, she knew the time was right to assume the presidency at UNF. With the benefit of faculty and administrative experience, Hopkins looks forward to building a relationship with the 12-year-old university. "I'm really sure of who I am now," she says. "I am ready to listen to the needs of the university community, and hope to learn a lot for as long as I am here."

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