Vallejo’s Touro provost, COO, retires after seven productive years

Vallejo Times Herald
by Rachel Raskin-Zrihen

After more than seven years of service to Touro University’s California campus and the Northern California community, Provost and Chief Operating Officer Marilyn Hopkins, retired on Thursday, university officials said.

Senator Bill Dodd and Assembly-members Jim Frazier, Cecilia Aguiar-Curry and Tim Grayson recognized and honored her significant accomplishments with an official resolution, they said.

“What an honor it has been to serve not only the wonderful students at Touro but also the community surrounding us as well,” Hopkins said in a statement. “To be a part of the growth of this fine institution over the past seven years has been remarkable and I cannot wait to see what the future holds for it. Retirement is bittersweet as the rich history of Mare Island is close to my heart in addition to the incredible bonds forged over the years with faculty and staff who have selflessly worked alongside me on each success along the journey.”

During Hopkins’ tenure at Touro, she’s been instrumental in several significant milestones for the Vallejo-based campus in addition to successfully recruiting nationally and internationally-renowned faculty, university officials said.

“From triumphs, such as receiving an eight-year WASC accreditation for all academic programs in 2010, to the completion of on-campus capital projects, including the renovation of the historic Farragut Inn, creation of a Pharmacy Practice Center and classroom, the opening of the cutting-edge Metabolic Research Center/Student Health Center and more, Dr. Hopkins has been focused on positioning the university as one of the leading institutions in the nation,” they said.

Under Hopkins’ direction, numerous university programs expanded and added degree options, officials said.

The College of Pharmacy expanded in 2012 to include the PharmD and Master of Science in Medical Health Sciences-Pharmacy Studies programs as well as announcing residencies and fellowships. In 2014, the university added the Master of Science in Nursing and in 2017 the Doctor of Nursing Practice/Family Nurse practitioner programs while the Masters in Medical Health Sciences expanded from 15 to 60 students last year. Recently, the College of Education and Health Sciences has experienced unprecedented growth and is now composed of four divisions, including the Graduate School of Education; the Public Health Program; the Joint Masters of Physician Assistant Studies/ Masters in Public Health Program; and the School of Nursing, they said.

“Provost Hopkins has played a pivotal role in the development of the Touro campus during her tenure,” Touro’s Western Division CEO and Senior Provost Shelley Berkley said in the statement. “Her many accomplishments are responsible for the extraordinary success of the university, and are paving the way for the growth and expansion we will experience in the future. The Touro family will genuinely miss her dedication and passion.”

Officials added that it was with Hopkins at its helm, the school’s College of Osteopathic Medicine was ranked for six consecutive years in the top 10-15 nationally for graduates matching in primary care residencies. In 2012, the program was awarded the HERO Award from the California Primary Care Association for being the institution producing the most primary care clinicians in the state. 

Hopkins spearheaded the merger with OPTI-West in 2013 combining the College of Osteopathic Medicine’s OPTI with Western University and Pacific Northwest University thereby increasing the number of residency programs and increasing its community footprint with the continuing development of the partnership with the Solano County Family Health Services Clinic serving more than 30,000 locals most in need of heath care services in the county.

Touro is a Jewish nonprofit, independent graduate institution of higher learning founded in 1997 on the three Judaic values of social justice, the pursuit of knowledge and service to humanity. To learn more, visit or call (707) 638-5200.

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