President’s Biography

Dr. Joseph Hopkins

President, Campbellsville University

Dr. Joseph Hopkins was named President of Campbellsville University in February of 2022.  Previously, he served as dean of the Samford University (AL) School of the Arts, dean of the Petrie School of Music at Converse College (SC), and chair of the Department of Music at the University of Evansville (IN).  He founded the Harlaxton International Chamber Music Festival and served on the faculty of the Operafestival di Roma (Rome, Italy).

Performances include leading opera roles with the Operafestival, the Dallas Lyric Opera, and Wildwood Opera Theatre; soloist with the St. Petersburg State Orchestra, International Chamber Orchestra of Rome, and Moscow State Philharmonic; recitals at St. Martin in the Fields Church of London, on Chinese National Radio, for the Atelier Chamber Music Series of Paris, and at Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall; and concerts in North America, Africa, Europe, and Asia. Recordings include solo, chamber music, and choral works for publishers, labels, and private albums, as well as contemporary Christian recordings with his wife, soprano Suzanne Hopkins.

Dr. Hopkins holds degrees from Shorter College, Baylor University, and Indiana University.  He completed a diploma from the Institute for Management and Leadership in Education at Harvard University and was named a Fulbright Senior Specialist to Indonesia.  He has presented and published with national and international arts and administration conferences.

Recent events include performances in India, the Dominican Republic, and in virtual broadcasts.  He served as the worship pastor at First Baptist Church of Birmingham, AL and in churches in Kentucky, Indiana, Georgia, South Carolina, Texas, and Alabama. He is a Kentucky Colonel the proud father of two young men, Joseph and Vance, and a handsome Scottie named Winston.

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