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10 Things you didn’t know about President Hopey

Karamarie Joyce ‘15


President Christopher Hopey made it his mission to improve our school since he arrived on campus five years ago. Since arriving he has made several changes and additions to the campus such as, the new athletic building, ice hockey rink, the 47 Lounge, Dunkin’ Donuts on campus, new village of residence houses, and has another new village of residence houses being built right now. Hopey has no plans to stop now and has several plans for the future of Merrimack.

Being the busy man he is, several students graduate without really knowing who our president is and where he came from. Below is some background information on our president followed by a Q and A.

Christopher E. Hopey, Merrimack College’s eighth president, grew up in the Merrimack Valley. He attended Bishop Guertin High School in Nashua, N.H. and earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees at Northeastern University. He continued his studies achieving his Ph.D at the University of Pennsylvania. He later worked at UPenn as vice dean of the Graduate School of Education. Hopey returned to Northeastern as vice president and dean of the College of Professional Studies before assuming the presidency of Merrimack College in July 2010.

Question and Answers

Q1: Where did you meet your wife?

A: Northeastern University. She was my RA.

Q2: Where was your first date?

A: The Black Rose Pub, Faneuil Hall, Boston.

Q3: What’s your preferred drink of choice?

A: Diet Pepsi or Bud Light.

Q4: Have you ever been arrested; if so why?

A: No, my mother would have disowned me.

Q5: What’s your favorite sports team?

A: Boston Bruins.

Q6: What’s your favorite food?

A: Chicken Parmesan and rigatoni.

Q7: What color was your hair originally?

A: Gray!

Q8: What’s your favorite Merrimack sports team?

A: I love all our teams equally.

Q9: What’s your biggest fear?

A: A Merrimack student not succeeding.

Q10: What’s your biggest accomplishment?

A: Two: My marriage of 26 years and my son!

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