Dr. Cynthia Bond Hopson to Serve as Guest Speaker for 131st Founders’ Day Convocation

Posted by lsuggs | 02/5/2013 07:46 AM

  (Augusta, GA)— Paine College is proud to announce that Dr. Cynthia Bond-Hopson will deliver the 131st Founders’ Day address on Friday, February 8, 2013. The ceremony will begin at 10:30 a.m. in the Gilbert-Lambuth Memorial Chapel on the Campus of Paine College. A large turnout is expected as many gather to remember the founders of the institution. The event is free and open to the public.

About Dr. Cynthia Bond-Hopson
Cynthia A. Bond Hopson is assistant general secretary of the Black College Fund and Ethnic Concerns at the United Methodist Church’s General Board of Higher Education and Ministry in Nashville.  In her work she interprets, promotes and manages funding for the 11 United Methodist-related HBCU. The Fund, which has been in existence since 1972, supports Bennett College, Bethune Cookman, Claflin, Clark Atlanta, Dillard and Huston Tillotson Universities, Meharry Medical College, and Paine, Philander Smith, Rust and Wiley Colleges —the United Methodist Church has more HBCU than any other religious denomination.

Hopson received the B.A. in Mass Communications in 1985 from Clark
College (now Clark Atlanta University); the M.S. in Journalism from Murray (KY) State University in 1989; and the Ph.D. in Journalism from Southern Illinois University in Carbondale in 2000.  

Hopson was formerly associate professor of journalism at the University of Memphis where she was twice selected through national competition as an American Society of Newspaper Editors Journalism Excellence Fellow. She has been nominated for teaching excellence and was selected from 2002-2006 for Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers. She has also taught at Murray (KY) State University and Lane College, Jackson, Tenn.

Hopson’s Touched By Grace Professional Communications Ministry offers women’s retreat leadership, diversity consultation and training, writing, musical and public speaking services to businesses, churches and educational organizations. She is author of seven books: her latest, The Women of Haywood: Their Lives, Our Legacy, was published in 2012. This collection of oral histories about professional African American women and related essays was almost 20 years in the making and celebrates women who have helped make us and our communities great. Her other books are Thirty-one is Thirty-wonderful, A Prayer and Reflection Journal/Journey for Triumphant Women, (2011) I Do Everyday…, Wisdom for Newlyweds and Not So Newlyweds, with her husband Roger, (2011) Too Many Irons in the Fire and They’re All Smoking!!! (May 2008), Bad Hair Days, Rainy Days and Mondays, Wisdom and Encouragement to Lift a Woman’s Spirit, (2006) Wiggle Tales, A Collection of Hopson’s Haywood, Columns from the Brownsville States- Graphic and Times of Challenge and Controversy: Voter Registration in Haywood County, 1960-1961, A Content Analysis of Local, Regional and National Newspaper Coverage. Her work also appears in the Africana Worship Series B&C, God Delivers Me and her inspiring words are included in Go, Tell Michelle, African American Women Write to the New First Lady, (SUNY 2009) a bestseller of 100 letters written to Mrs. Michelle Obama, that has now become a stage play.

She is a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., the National Association of Black Journalists and Kappa Tau Alpha National Journalism Honor Society. She is married to the Rev. Roger A. Hopson, Executive Assistant to the Bishop of the Nashville Area of the United Methodist Church. They live in Lebanon, Tennessee and have two children, Marcos and Angela, and four grandchildren.

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(706) 821.8322, (803) 524.3195

Photo caption: Dr. Cynthia Bond Hopson, 131st Founders’ Day Convocation guest speaker at Paine College.