Glenn Hopkins, emeritus dean of the College of Liberal Arts, received the BA (1970) and MA (1971) degrees in mathematics at the University of Texas at Arlington, and the PhD degree in mathematics (1977) from Purdue University. In 1977 he joined the faculty in the Department of Mathematics at the University of Mississippi. He was promoted to the rank of professor in 1987 and that same year was appointed to the position of associate dean of the College of Liberal Arts, a position which he held until 1992. He served as chair of the Department of Mathematics from 1992—1998 and was appointed dean of the College of Liberal Arts in July, 1998. He served as dean until his retirement in July, 2014.
Dr. Hopkins has published articles in the areas of algebraic geometry, ring theory, and graph theory, and is the co-author of a textbook for freshmen, Mathematical Thinking and Quantitative Reasoning.