Gillispie, Hopkins-Gillispie Visit CBT as Black History Month Executive Speakers

Dr. Delphina Hopkins-Gillispie and Charley E. Gillispie

The College of Business and Technology celebrates Black History Month with the CBT Black History Month Executive Speaker Series. 

The College partners with the Richmond Chamber of Commerce to bring leaders of business, industry, and government to EKU's campus to address students, faculty, and members of the Richmond community and surrounding areas on current topics and issues. 

We were pleased to welcome Dr. Delphina Hopkins-Gillispie and Charley E. Gillispie as the 2019 CBT Black History Month Executive Speakers. They visited the EKU campus on Tuesday, February 5, 2019, to speak with College faculty, staff and students.


"As part of the CBT Black History Month Executive Speaker Series, the College of Business and Technology invites prominent leaders to our campus to discuss current topics and issues related to their expertise. The guest speaker has an opportunity to interact with students, faculty, and other interested participants during a public address, round table discussion, and luncheon. We are pleased to have the Richmond Chamber of Commerce join with us in providing this enrichment opportunity." -- Dr. Tom Erekson, Dean, EKU College of Business and Technology

Gillispie and Hopkins-Gillispie spoke on their experiences at a Public Address in the Business and Technology Center Rogow Auditorium (BTC 049) from 9:30 to 10:45 a.m.  They were also available to discuss current events and issues at a Faculty Breakfast Roundtable from 8:15 to 9:15 a.m. in the Business and Technology Center Executive Conference Room (BTC 206).

Following the public address, they joined EKU Administration officials and the Richmond business community for a luncheon hosted by the Richmond Chamber of Commerce in the EKU Center for the Arts Black Box Theater.

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Dr. Delphina Hopkins-Gillispie

Dr. Delphina Hopkins-GillispieDr. Delphina Hopkins-Gillispie, a native of Greenville, South Carolina, earned her bachelor’s degree in Biology at Berea College and Master of Science degree in Biological Sciences/Microbiology in 1975 from Eastern Kentucky University. Hopkins-Gillispie’s career began at the United States Department of Agriculture Forest Service as a microbiological analyst and lab coordinator. She then accepted a position at the University of Kentucky Medical Center as a medical researcher in neonatal-perinatal medicine. Motivated and encouraged by a desire to work with students, she obtained a teaching license in secondary science education at North Central College in 1994, and earned her Ph.D. in curriculum and instruction at Purdue University. She spent the latter part of her professional career as a professor, teaching human anatomy & physiology, biotechnology, science methods, and multicultural education classes.

During her tenure at Valparaiso University, Dr. Hopkins-Gillispie worked with nursing, pre-med, and bio med engineering students. She also served as a mentor and advisor for students in the multicultural/diversity office. As a result of her work on social justice issues, and co-founder of the Peace and Social Justice Symposium, she was awarded the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Award in 2011; and in 2013 she received the Diversity Award.

Hopkins-Gillispie and her students worked in the Northwest Indiana communities with homeless families, as well as students, teachers, and administrators in Gary community schools and the surrounding areas, starting a Study Buddy Tutoring & Mentoring Program. Hopkins-Gillispie spent over a decade traveling abroad with college students to Central America, working with bilingual students in impoverished areas and schools of Nicaragua, Ometepe Island, Zamorano, and Honduras.

While serving as an academic advisor for science and mathematics teacher education students, Hopkins-Gillispie identified a critical need for mathematics and science teachers. She and two colleagues were awarded a National Science Foundation $500,000 grant for the recruitment and retention of mathematics and science students. In addition,  Hopkins-Gillispie served as director of teacher licensure in the Education Department; director of the Woodrow Wilson Teaching Fellowship Program; and director of the Mathematics & Science Education Enrollment Development Program.

The Association of Teacher Education – Indiana (“ATE-I”) presented Hopkins-Gillispie with the Fall Conference Award in 2015 for outstanding leadership, service, and contributions over the years to ATE-I and teacher education programs. Hopkins-Gillispie has published and presented on various topics, e.g., culturally responsive/relevant teaching, co-teaching, critical pedagogy, curriculum and schooling, cross-cultural experiences, diversity, multicultural education, science accreditation, STEM education, service learning, and teacher education. Dr. Hopkins-Gillispie retired as Associate Professor in Biology and Education from Valparaiso University in 2016.


Charley E. Gillispie

Charley E. GillispieCharley E. Gillispie, a native of Madison County, Kentucky, graduated from Paul Laurence Dunbar High School in Lexington, KY in 1965. He earned a Bachelor’s degree in Accounting in 1974 and a Master’s degree in Accounting in 1975 from Eastern Kentucky University, after serving his country for four years in the U. S. Air Force. He began his post collegiate career in accounting with the Cincinnati office of the international accounting firm of Deloitte Haskins & Sells (now known as “Deloitte”). During his career with Deloitte, he worked in the Cincinnati and Lexington Executive Offices as well as the New York, Chicago and Oak Brook, IL offices. In 1986 he was admitted to Deloitte Haskins & Sells as the first African-American partner. He resigned from the partnership in 1992 to become the Chief Financial Officer of the Chicago Board of Education, overseeing the financial and support operations of the school system.

In 1996, Gillispie accepted a position at Valparaiso University (“Valpo”) as the Vice President for Administration and Finance, where he was responsible for all Accounting and Finance matters, Auxiliary Services, Athletics, Maintenance and Housekeeping, Police and Dining. He retired from full-time service to Valpo in 2013 as Senior Vice President for Administration and Finance, but returned for two additional years as Special Assistant to the President with primary duties advising the president on diversity issues and with an emphasis on developing a “Mentoring for Success Program” for first generation college students and preparing those students for adaptation to the work world.  At his retirement from Valpo, Gillispie received the Lumen Christi Medal which is the highest award the university bestows.

In 2010 Gillispie was named as a “Legend Honoree” by the National Association of Black Accountants for his pioneering contributions as the first African American Partner at Deloitte Haskins & Sells. (He says this award proves he is old).

Gillispie served on the Board of Horizon Bancorporation, a Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) reporting bank holding corporation from 2002 to 2016 and chaired the Audit Committee from 2003 to 2016. Also, he has served as a volunteer on the Boards of many non-profit organizations. Gillispie was inducted into the EKU Hall of Distinguished Alumni in 1987.

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Published on January 10, 2019