Dr. Cynthia A. Bond Hopson, Assistant General Secretary of the Black College Fund and Ethnic Concerns at the United Methodist Church’s General Board of Higher Education Will Serve as B-CU’s Fall Commencement Speaker
Daytona Beach, Florida- On Saturday, December 16th at 10:00 a.m., Dr. Cynthia A. Bond Hopson, 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, will serve as the B-CU fall commencement speaker. Dr. Hopson interprets, promotes and manages funding for the 11 United Methodist-related Historically Black Colleges and Universities. The Fund supports Bennett College, Bethune-Cookman, Claflin, Clark Atlanta, Dillard and Huston-Tillotson Universities, Meharry Medical College, and Paine, Philander Smith, Rust and Wiley Colleges.
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 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. More recently, she earned a certificate in Fund Raising Management from Indiana University’s Lilly Family School of Philanthropy.
She is an 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 Habitat for Humanity Greater Nashville Board of Directors. 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, Memphis, 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.