Executive Leadership

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Missy Hopper, Ph.D.
Society President
Mississippi State University

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Dr. Missy Hopper is a professor of instruction and special education at Mississippi State University. Hopper previously taught at University of Tennessee, Walters State Community College, Jackson State Community College, and University School of Jackson.

President of The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi for the 2018-2020 biennium, Hopper has been active in the Society since 2006 at the local, regional and national levels. Beginning in chapter leadership at Mississippi State University, she served as Vice President of Chapter Development during the 2014-2016 biennium and as President-Elect from 2016-2018. She also served on the Convention Planning Committee and chaired both the Chapter Development Committee and the Dissertation Fellowship Criteria ad hoc Committee. She earlier served as South Central Regional Vice President and as a member of the Chapter Criteria Task Force.

Hopper received her bachelor’s degree in liberal arts from Mississippi State University, her master’s degree in curriculum and instruction and education specialist degree in reading education from University of Memphis, and her Ph.D. in holistic teaching and learning from University of Tennessee.

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Mary Todd, Ph.D.
Executive Director
Society National Office
7576 Goodwood Blvd
Baton Rouge, LA 70806 
800.804.9880, ext. 221 
225.388.4900 (fax)

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Dr. Mary Todd assumed stewardship of The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi in July 2012 as its 11th executive director, the first woman to hold that position. A scholar of American history, American religion, and the interdisciplinary fields of women and gender studies and Holocaust studies, she was initiated as a graduate student at the University of Illinois at Chicago in 1993.

Todd previously served as founding dean of the Honors College at Marshall University, where she led the effort to bring a Phi Kappa Phi chapter to the Marshall campus. She earlier served as vice president for academic affairs and dean of the faculty at Ohio Dominican University and as assistant provost at Concordia University Chicago. She has also taught at Roosevelt University, the University of Illinois at Chicago, and Dominican University, and directed honors programs at Concordia and Marshall.

As executive director, Todd works with the board of directors in implementation of the Society’s strategic plan and in advancing its mission to recognize and promote academic excellence in all fields of higher education and to engage the community of scholars in service to others. She oversees the day-to-day operations of Society headquarters and participates in field activities that include visits to prospective chapters, chapter installations and initiations, and sponsored conferences.

Dr. Todd’s baccalaureate degree is from Valparaiso University, her masters from Roosevelt University, and her Ph.D. from the University of Illinois at Chicago.

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