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Dr. Cynthia A. Hopson Delivers B-CU Fall Commencement Address


Dr. Cynthia A. Bond Hopson, Assistant General Secretary of the United Methodist Church’s General Board of Higher Education to serve as B-CU’s Fall 2017 Commencement Speaker

Daytona Beach, Florida- Dr. Cynthia A. Bond Hopson, serves as the 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, Tennessee. In this role, Dr. Hopson interprets, promotes and manages funding for the eleven United Methodist-related Historically Black Colleges and Universities which includes Bethune-Cookman University. The Fall Commencement exercise will be held on Saturday, December 16th, 2017 at 10:00 a.m. in the Auditorium of the Dr. Mary McLeod Bethune Performing Arts Center at Bethune-Cookman University.  

In March 2017, in honor of Women’s History Month, Dr. Hopson was named a Difference Maker by Faith Magazine, a United Methodist Publication. She has also received recognition and honors from The University of Tennessee at Martin Civil Rights Conference, the Haywood County NAACP, and has been named Wiley College Woman of the Year. In 2015, she received Rust College’s highest honor, the 56th Tower of Leadership, and was named the 2015 Citizen of the Year by the Excelsior Grand Chapter, Order of the Eastern Star, Jurisdiction of Tennessee. She was presented the Memphis Conference’s 2015 Francis Asbury Award for her leadership and contributions to United Methodist Higher Education. 

Dr. Hopson received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Mass Communications in 1985 from Clark College; and a master's degree in Journalism from Murray (KY) State University in 1989. In 2000, Hopson earned her Ph.D. in Journalism from Southern Illinois University in Carbondale, IL. More recently, she earned a certificate in Fund Raising Management from Indiana University’s Lilly Family School of Philanthropy.

Furthermore, Dr. Hopson is the author of seven books; her latest, “The Women of Haywood: Their Lives, Our Legacy,” is a collection of oral histories and related essays about professional African American women in Haywood County, Tennessee. She is a Salvation Army volunteer, Big Brothers and Big Sisters mentor, and serves on the Board of Directors for the Greater Nashville, TN Habitat for Humanity Affiliate.  Dr. Hopson is a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. and the National Association of Black Journalists. She is married to the Rev. Roger A. Hopson, Senior Pastor of the historic Centenary United Methodist Church of Memphis, TN and they have two children, Marcos (Regina) and Angela. Dr. Hopson is the grandmother of Kiera, Terrell, Maya and Morgan, and the great-grandmother of Avery.

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Founded in 1904 by Dr. Mary McLeod Bethune, Bethune-Cookman University (B-CU) today sustains her legacy of faith, scholarship and service through its relationship with the United Methodist Church and its commitment to academic excellence and civic engagement.  B-CU offers 38 degrees on its main campus and online college. Located in Daytona Beach, B-CU is one of three private, historically black colleges in the state of Florida. The institution boasts a diverse and international faculty and student body of nearly 4,000.  For more information, visit