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KCSD administrator named to Winthrop board

Posted: April 14, 2011 4:26 p.m.
Updated: April 15, 2011 5:00 a.m.

Tim Hopkins

A Kershaw County School District (KCSD) administrator has been appointed to serve on the Winthrop University Board of School Trustees.

Last week, Gov. Nikki Haley named KCSD Executive Director for Elementary Education Tim Hopkins to the board. Hopkins will replace former Gov. Mark Sanford’s designee, David Vipperman.

“With broad and deep experience in education, as well as extensive ties to Winthrop, Timothy Hopkins’ background and accomplishments speak for themselves, and the governor could not be more excited for him to get to work on the Winthrop board because he shares her vision for the university -- to focus on our new higher education funding formula, to accept more in-state students, and to lower tuition on South Carolina families,” Haley’s press secretary Rob Godfrey, said in an email.

Hopkins, a retired major with the U.S. Air Reserve, has an extensive history working in public education, previously serving as a teacher, counselor, basketball coach, and assistant principal, as well as principal of Pine Tree Hill School.

After earning his bachelor’s and master’s degrees, as well as an education specialist degree, from Winthrop University, Hopkins said he has continued to stay involved in his alma mater during the past two decades, serving as president-elect of the Winthrop University Alumni Association and as a member of the Winthrop University Foundation Board.

 “I am very thrilled, and I look forward to serving on the board of school trustees,” Hopkins said. “I want to make sure that Winthrop provides a quality education for all of its students, and that the faculty has the resources they need to provide a world-class education to its students.”


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