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Dr. Anne Hopkins Appointed To Commission

October 26, 2006


Dr. Hopkins will serve four years on Commission to work toward fair treatment, equal access and mutual respect for the people of Florida

Tallahassee –Gov. Jeb Bush appointed Dr. Anne Hopkins of Jacksonville as a Commissioner of the Florida Commission on Human Relations (FCHR). Upon Senate approval, Hopkins will serve a four-year term expiring in 2010.

“I am delighted to welcome Dr. Hopkins to the Commission. Her experience, talent and knowledge will serve as a valuable resource in protecting the rights of the people of Florida,” said Commission Chair Rita Barreto Craig. “I look forward to working with Dr. Hopkins as we continue our important work in promoting tolerance and preventing unlawful discrimination.”

Dr. Hopkins is a professor of political science at the University of North Florida in Jacksonville, where she served as President of the university from 1999-2002. She has served as a Trustee of the Minneapolis Foundation and as Minnesota Commissioner of the Midwest Higher Education Commission. She has also served on the board of the National Center for Research Libraries, the Ohio Board of Regents Funding Commission on Graduate Education and the American Council of Education’s Advisory Committee for the Center for Policy Analysis.

Since moving to Florida, Dr. Hopkins has served on the boards of the Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra, WJCT (public radio and television), the Ritz Chamber Players, Chamber of Commerce and the Super Bowl Host Committee.

The Commission consists of 12 commissioners of various racial, religious, ethnic, social, economic, political and professional groups within the state, all appointed to four-year terms by the Governor subject to Senate approval.

The Florida Commission on Human Relations is the state agency charged with enforcing the Florida Civil Rights Act and Fair Housing Act. The Florida Legislature has declared that the purpose of these laws is to protect the people of Florida from discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, marital status or familial status.

Fair treatment, equal access and mutual respect are the benchmarks of the FCHR’s commitment to the people of Florida.