David R. Hopkins previously served as provost of Wright State University from 2003 until his appointment as president in February 2007.
A central theme to his administration has been the creation of a culture for innovation throughout the university that is reflected through the development of several Centers of Excellence. Six of these multidisciplinary units have been designated Ohio Centers of Excellence by the state and reflect a commitment to technology-based economic development by attracting and retaining national researchers, educators, artists, students, and investments to produce a quality of life conducive to future growth that will transform our region.
These centers incorporate current and future collaborations with business, industry, and government in such areas as human-centered innovation, medical readiness, knowledge-based computing, neuroscience, product reliability, micro air vehicle research, and visual and performing arts innovation and leadership.
Hopkins came to Wright State from Indiana State University, where he served from 2001 to 2003 as senior associate vice president for academic affairs and interim dean of the School of Business. While at Indiana State University, he also served as interim provost and vice president for academic affairs from 2000 to 2001; associate vice president for academic affairs from 1996 to 2000; assistant vice president for academic affairs from 1995 to 1996; and chairperson and professor in the Department of Physical Education from 1988 to 1994.
In 2005, Indiana University honored Hopkins with the John R. Endwright Alumni Service Award, an annual award that recognizes outstanding service and contributions by graduates of the IU School of Health, Physical Education, and Recreation. Hopkins is a Fellow in the American Association of State Colleges and Universities' Academic Leadership Institute, a member of the Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi, and a past recipient of the Amoco Excellence in Teaching Award.
Hopkins fills leadership and membership positions on numerous local, state, and national boards and coalitions. He is chair of the Inter-University Council of Ohio, member of the Higher Education Capital Funding Commission of Ohio, and serves on the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA), Division I, Executive Committee and Board of Directors. He is also president of the Ohio College Association, chair of the Wright Brothers Institute, chair of the Advanced Technical Intelligence Center, and co-chair of the Ohio Board of Regents Articulation and Transfer Oversight/Steering Committee.
He is a member of the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities, American Association of State Colleges and Universities and its Workforce and Development Committee, Air Force Material Command's Community Liaison Program, Dayton Development Coalition Executive Committee, Dayton Area Graduate Studies Institute, Inter-University Council of Ohio, Miami Valley Higher Education Consortium, Miami Valley Research Foundation, Horizon League Board, National Collegiate Conference Association Advisory Board, Southwest Ohio Council for Higher Education, and daytaOhio.
In 2010, Hopkins was chosen as one of the 25 most influential people in the Dayton region by the Dayton Business Journal and was named the Dayton Business Journal’s Regional Leader of the Year in 2012. Recently, Hopkins was presented with the 2013 Air Force Ambassador Award and 2013 Dayton Hispanic Chamber President’s Award.
Hopkins holds a doctorate in kinesiology from Indiana University. Prior to his doctoral work, he received his master's degree in mathematics and his bachelor's in physical education from the College of Wooster, Ohio. Hopkins' research interest is in the area of exercise physiology and fitness and aging. He has authored or co-authored more than 60 publications and is the inventor of ACUFLEX instruments, which are used worldwide to evaluate joint flexibility.