Wright State University President David R. Hopkins has been elected chair of the Inter-University Council of Ohio and will preside over the council of presidents who represent Ohio’s 14 public universities.
Hopkins’ term runs from July 1, 2013, through June 30, 2014, making Wright State the chair institution of the IUC.
In his role as chair, Hopkins, along with IUC President Bruce Johnson, will oversee IUC operations and its agenda.
“President Hopkins is an established and knowledgeable leader in higher education who works well with his colleagues,” said Johnson. “As chair, he will help ensure that the IUC continues to have a strong voice in the service of our universities and our state.”
Through the IUC, the member universities collaborate and work with state government to help chart the future of higher education and make it an engine for economic revitalization in Ohio.
“I am proud that Wright State has been given a role in leading this unified force of institutions that believes in the importance of higher education,” Hopkins said. “As a first-generation college student, I am deeply aware of the life-changing power higher education can have on the individual. Together we will use this power to change lives and communities.”
Hopkins will succeed Miami University President David Hodge, who is finishing his third year as council chair.
The IUC was established in 1939 as a voluntary educational association of Ohio’s public universities. It includes Wright State, Akron, Bowling Green, Central State, Cincinnati, Cleveland State, Kent State, Miami, Northeast Ohio Medical, Ohio State, Ohio University, Shawnee State, Toledo and Youngstown State.