Boone J. Hopkins Inauguration

April 21, 2023

Meet President Hopkins

On February 25, 2022, the Converse University Board of Trustees announced the selection of Boone J. Hopkins, PhD, as the University’s twelfth president. Read about President Hopkins’ appointment here.

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President Boone J. Hopkins, PhD

Previously, Dr. Hopkins has served as the Senior Associate Provost for Student Success, Dean of the School of the Arts, and Chair of the Department of Theatre & Dance at Converse. Dr. Hopkins enjoys helping those with whom he collaborates reach new heights and achieve excellence. In addition to his administrative role at Converse, Dr. Hopkins regularly taught courses in directing, theatre history, pedagogy, and performance studies in the Department of Theatre & Dance.

After graduating with a Bachelor’s degree from the Gainesville Theatre Alliance, Dr. Hopkins received his MFA in Directing and Acting Pedagogy from Virginia Commonwealth University and his Ph.D. in Theatre and Performance Studies from the University of Kansas. At VCU, Dr. Hopkins was co-founder and executive director of the Shafer Alliance Laboratory Theatre (SALT) and won the Theatre Department Leadership Award. At KU, Dr. Hopkins was honored twice with the Ethel Hines Burch Award for Outstanding Graduate Teaching and received the theatre department’s highest award, the Kilty Kane, for his production work with the University Theatre.

Recently, Dr. Hopkins directed The Wolves by Sarah DeLappe, one of the first college productions of this exciting Pulitzer Prize finalist. At Theatre Converse, he has enjoyed directing talented students and guest artists in Little Shop of Horrors, Godspell, Hamletmachine, Twelfth Night, F2M, Cabaret, Dead Man’s Cell Phone, and Legally Blonde: the Musical. While at Converse, Dr. Hopkins has also played Caliban in The Tempest directed by Melissa Owens and Darren Nash, and performed the solo piece Thom Pain: based on nothing by Will Eno.

His current book project, Everyday Rehearsal Rhetoric: Director/Actor Communication, analyzes the collaborative processes between artists at major regional theatres in the United States. This project is a continuation of Dr. Hopkins’s research interests that include arts leadership, performance theory, and histories of directing. Dr. Hopkins is most interested in how relationships between creative individuals are developed, including the ways in which communication and influence move between artists during the creative process.

Schedule of Events


Community Partner Reception*

5:00 pm | OneSpartanburg, Inc.

This event is in appreciation for community organizations that have meaningful partnerships with Converse University.


Roast and Toast*

6:00 pm | Piedmont Club

Before we toast, let’s “roast” Dr. Boone J. Hopkins. This will be a night of laughter shared amongst Converse faculty, staff, and special guests. Together, we will celebrate the installation of Dr. Hopkins as the 12th president of Converse University and our dynamic community who make our campus exceptional.

FRIDAY, APRIL 21, 2023

Installation Ceremony

10:30 am | Zimmerli Performance Center’s Twichell Auditorium

Please join us for the inauguration of Dr. Boone Hopkins as the 12th President of Converse University.

Community Lunch

12:00 pm | Front Lawn

Immediately following the installation ceremony, guests are invited to join us for lunch on the lawn in front of Zimmerli Performance Center and Wilson Hall.

President’s Panel

1:30 pm | Hazel B. Abbott Theater, Wilson Hall

This moderated panel discussion explores Converse experiences across the years through the lens of former and current presidential and alumni leadership.

Inaugural Gala*

6:00 pm | Gee Dining Room, Wilson Hall

The Inaugural Gala will offer our sincerest appreciation to Converse’s most loyal and generous donors. In addition, the event will celebrate President Hopkins’ dynamic new role as president and shine a spotlight on Converse’s vision of providing students with a rich educational experience that ignites creativity, innovation, and transformation.

Painting the Town Purple*

8:30 pm | Weisiger Gym in the Sally Abney Rose Physical Activity Complex

This campus event provides Converse students, faculty, and staff a special opportunity to celebrate the next chapter in our University’s vibrant future.

*Due to limited numbers, these events are by invitation only.

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