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Chief Equity Officer and Assistant General Secretary of GBHEM Receives Circle of Friends Award from Meharry Medical College

November 14, 2022

Nashville, TN, November 11, 2022 – Dr. Cynthia A. Bond Hopson, Chief Equity Officer & Assistant General Secretary of GBHEM, was awarded the prestigious Meharry Circle of Friends award on Oct. 27, 2022. This award is presented for selfless commitment of time, energy, and resources to advance the mission of Meharry Medical College. The ceremony was held at the Cal Turner Family Center for Student Education, located on Meharry’s campus. Dr. Bond Hopson has been instrumental in nurturing Meharry’s ongoing relationship with the United Methodist Church and the Black College Fund.

President and CEO of Meharry Medical College, Dr. James E.K. Hildreth, presented Dr. Bond Hopson with the award and expressed how Dr. Bond Hopson’s support of Meharry Medical College continues to be an invaluable contribution to the success of the institution—a global academic health sciences center advancing health equity through innovative research, transformative education, exceptional and compassionate health services, and policy-influencing thought leadership.

As Chief Equity Officer and Assistant General Secretary of GBHEM, Dr. Bond Hopson promotes and manages funding for 11 historically black colleges and universities directly related to the United Methodist Church. Under her leadership, the Black College Fund has provided Meharry Medical College with over 29 million dollars in funding. The funding received from the Black College Fund has made it possible for Meharry Medical College to renovate, make campus-wide technology upgrades, and restore essential areas that support the academic and clinical services of the college.

The Meharry Circle of Friends was established in 1996 as a catalyst to solicit annual support from individuals in the Nashville community. The award is traditionally presented to individuals who have not only embraced and lived the true spirit of Meharry with devotion, but also have inspired others to unite behind his or her support of the college.

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