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KCSD’s Hopkins is Sullivan Award winner

Posted: March 5, 2013 4:42 p.m.
Updated: March 6, 2013 5:00 a.m.

Kershaw County School District (KCSD) Executive Director for K-12 Instruction Tim Hopkins is the latest recipient of Winthrop University’s Algernon Sydney Sullivan Award.

Hopkins was honored for his current “service, excellence and contributions” as a member of the Winthrop University Board of Trustees and previous participation as a member of the Winthrop Foundation board and Alumni Association Executive Board, where he served as president-elect. Hopkins has also served as a class of 1983 agent for the Annual Fund Loyalty Council and is past president of the Kershaw County Alumni Chapter. Gov. Nikki Haley appointed Hopkins to the board of trustees in 2011.

The Algernon Sydney Sullivan award is the male counterpart to the Mary Mildred Sullivan award. The awards “honor the lives of service of the husband and wife for whom the awards are named,” according the Sullivan Foundation’s website. The awards -- bronze medallions, with a framed certificate describing the award and a short biography of either Algernon or Mary -- have been presented every year since the 1890s to honor individuals of “noble character.” Eleanor Roosevelt and Supreme Court Justice Lewis Powell have both received Sullivan Awards, according to its website.

Hopkins said he has spent a lot of his adult life at Winthrop. Hopkins, from Fairfield, received the following degrees from Winthrop University: a Bachelor of Arts degree in sociology in 1983; a Master of Education degree in counseling in 1985, and an education specialist degree in 2000.

His dedication doesn’t stop at Winthrop University. Hopkins was a major in the U.S. Air Force and was a squadron commander during the U.S. war on terrorism. After 24 years of service, Hopkins retired in 2004 before briefly joining the S.C. State Guard. Hopkins is a lifetime member of the Air Force Association and the Reserve Officer’s Association and is a volunteer for the Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve. The group helps service members transition into civilian life, he said. Hopkins is on the multicultural committee for the Fine Arts Center and is active in the Kiwanis Club. Hopkins has been principal of Pine Tree Hill Elementary School in Kershaw County, Joseph Keels Elementary School in Richland School District 2, and has served in the Rock Hill School District. Hopkins has been a KCSD administrator since the late 1990s.

“I like being able to contribute to the future of Winthrop in the capacity of decision making,” he said. “I want it to become a great institution for future generations.”

A balanced life is important, Hopkins said, adding that people should find time to build and maintain connections to their family and serve others. Hopkins’ motivation is to spread good will and create a culture in which others want to serve others as well.

Hopkins said he would like to see Winthrop continue to prosper. Hopkins said he can see Winthrop serving a larger student body, starting a football program and maintaining international honors.

“I want to see Winthrop recognized as a great institution internationally, rather than just a great institution in South Carolina,” he said. “We don’t live in a region anymore, we live in a world.”

Hopkins and his wife, Jewel -- also a graduate of Winthrop -- live in Lugoff, and have two children.

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