From the President’s Desk

David R. Hopkins, Cathy Wolfe

President David R. Hopkins congratulates Cathy Wolfe for 40 years of service at this year’s Employee Recognition Awards ceremony.

Welcome to this issue of Wright State University Magazine.

2016 was a banner year in the history of Wright State University. In April, we welcomed Academy Award–winning actor, producer, and director Tom Hanks to campus. A longtime supporter of our great university, Tom also happens to be the national honorary chair of Rise. Shine. The Campaign for Wright State University. 

In this issue, we’ll take you through Tom’s entire itinerary, from the moment he landed in Dayton to the final minutes of his two-day tour of Wright State and historic aviation sites in our region. Tom’s visit also coincided with a trip to Dayton by Pulitzer Prize–winning author and historian David McCullough. As you might have heard, Tom and David will be collaborating on an HBO miniseries based on David’s latest book about our namesakes, the Wright brothers.

While a visit from Tom Hanks and David McCullough would be the highlight of any year, there were many other memorable moments in 2016, including the completion of a two-year project to modernize and expand our Creative Arts Center, the opening of the New Media Incubator, and a $1.5 million gift from alumna Shirley Berry and her husband, John, for student success initiatives.

While 2016 was an incredible year, we have much to look forward to in 2017 as we celebrate the 50th anniversary of Wright State University! Thank you for your continued support of Wright State. I wish you good health and much happiness this year.

Warmest regards from campus,



David R. Hopkins

President, Wright State University

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