Dr. Christopher E. Hopey was named the eighth president of Merrimack College on July 1, 2010. Shortly after assuming the role, Dr. Hopey engaged the college community in a collaborative strategic planning process to help Merrimack develop a clear vision for the future. The outcome was the Agenda for Distinction. Under the guidance of Dr. Hopey, the Agenda serves as the blueprint for fulfilling our vision: to enhance our reputation, grow enrollment, and earn a place among the U.S. News & World Report top 30 by 2021.

“Dr. Hopey’s leadership has enabled Merrimack College to strive for excellence in academics, athletics and overall student experience,” said Michael K. Crowe, chairman of Merrimack’s board of trustees. “From the new construction on campus to the enhanced student resources, you can literally see the results of his efforts.”

Together for Good

To help achieve the ambitious goals laid out in the Agenda for Distinction, Dr. Hopey spearheaded Together for Good, the largest fundraising campaign in Merrimack’s history. Launched publicly in fall 2016, the campaign will raise an unprecedented $50 million to support Merrimack students, academic initiatives, athletics and community-service programs.

“By working together, we will raise the capital necessary to fulfill the goals of the Agenda for Distinction,” explained Dr. Hopey. “Over the last six years, Merrimack College has experienced meteoric changes, yet our mission has remained unchanged — to enlighten minds, engage hearts and empower lives.”

“By every objective measure, Merrimack College is a success — but just as you climb a mountain, and you pause to take stock, you see that off to the distance there are taller peaks to climb,” said Dr. Hopey. “Merrimack has mountains yet to climb and more success to achieve not even dreamed of. We will climb those mountains together and secure a promising future for our institution and for the young men and women who attend.”

Record of Success

Dr. Hopey has presided over an era of unprecedented success at the college, marked by record applications and enrollments at both the graduate and undergraduate levels, significant growth in faculty ranks, and investment in the college’s first new residence halls and academic buildings in decades.