ILT Department Welcomes Industry Professional Ron Hopkins

Ron Hopkins is currently a Visiting Associate Professor for the Information and Logistics Technology (ILT) Department /Technology Project Management (TEPM) program where he also serves as the director of graduate project studies.

Dr. Hopkins earned his Ph.D. in Psychology from "Ole Miss" (University of Mississippi).

He is a familiar name and face to many in the College of Technology. Prior to assuming his current full-time role as visiting professor, Dr. Hopkins chaired the TEPM program's advisory board when it was awarded the Global Project Management Institute certification. He also worked closely with the local PMI chapter to establish their professorship in project management, funded in 2011.

Dr. Hopkins' extensive experience includes spending 17 years in healthcare, managing psychiatric hospitals across the United States. He later joined Royal Dutch Shell, starting as a project manager, and eventually moving into managing the Shell's global workforce of information technology project managers in the US. He managed Shell's major supply chain projects and served as the global program director for all of the projects and programs in the downstream manufacturing supply and distribution business. As the business systems manager for the downstream supply chain, he directed all IT systems for this global business before retiring from Shell in August 2012.

"At this point in my life, I want to leave more than I take, said Hopkins. This is a great opportunity to bring the program alive, mature it and add structure and form and to improve the quality of education for our students."

A fan of rock-climbing, Dr. Hopkins also enjoys spending time with his family, music, church, and community.