Hopkins was hired by Ebben in 1991 as director for mission integration and remembers his ability to build personal relationships with people from board members to students and a passion for education rooted in creating “a more just and compassionate world.”
“There was a hunger in him to learn something new every day, whether it was reading, whether it was traveling, whether it was talking with people,” said Hopkins, who retired from Edgewood in June.
Ebben was the first layperson to become president of the small Dominican college founded in 1927 and was hired to expand enrollment and build the college’s endowment.
His term as president was “marked by explosive enrollment growth, and significant expansion of campus facilities,” the college said.
Edgewood College had doubled its enrollment, more than doubled its physical plant and increased donations from almost