Alex Hopkins joined Baylor in February as director of alumni affairs. That’s given him just enough time to settle in before hosting Reunion Weekend, which will be held April 4-6 on campus and at the Hotel ZaZa for class years ending in 4 and 9.For the past six years, Hopkins worked with medical alumni in both alumni affairs and the Medical School Foundation at the University of Missouri School of Medicine. He coordinated alumni communications and activities including reunions, conferences and meetings.
He received his Bachelor of Arts in philosophy and Master’s in educational leadership and policy analysis from the University of Missouri. He is a volunteer committee member for the Mizzou Alumni Association on its diversity committee and is a past member of the rules committee.
Here’s more about Alex:
Where are you originally from? I was born and raised in Missouri
Have you been to Houston before? Yes, about 20 years ago and then recently when I interviewed for the position.
What is your impression of Houston so far? All the people I’ve met have been very welcoming. I’ve also met a lot of transplants to Houston who have reminisced about their first experiences when they moved to Houston. Several of them have warned me about the heat, but I know a lot about heat and humidity being from Missouri.
What is your impression of Baylor College of Medicine so far? Everyone I’ve met here has been so willing and eager to help out, offer suggestions and make recommendations.
What are some of your goals as the alumni director? One of the first things I want to do is send out a survey to all alumni to get feedback on what types of programming they want from our office. I also plan to meet with leadership here at Baylor to help each of the schools communicate to their alumni.
Do you have any pets? Yes, two dogs and two cats.
What is your favorite type of food? Seafood, especially shellfish.
What is something most people wouldn’t know about you? I started college on a tennis scholarship and still play tennis now. Also, I did an internship for a member of the British Parliament and lived in London for one semester.
Anything else you want us to know about you? In addition to my experience with alumni relations, I have three other professional certifications. The first is a CCM (Certified Club Manager) designation, which is a five year certification process. The second is a Certified Hospitality Supervisor and the third is a Certified Hospital Educator. In addition to my role with the medical school in Missouri, I was an adjunct professor in hospitality and taught a club management course.