Chris Hopkins was elected chair of Humanities Montana’s board of directors on September 18, 2020 and began his new role on January 1, 2021. Chris—a resident of Miles City, Montana—has been on the Humanities Montana board since 2014, formerly serving as vice chair.
Chris is currently the CEO of Montana Health Network in Miles City, a hospital-owned company that provides support and services to rural hospitals statewide. Regarding his commitment to Humanities Montana, Chris says, “The study of the humanities allows one to hone creative and critical thinking skills and at the same time learn great stories from past and present to help shape the future.” Chris became involved with Humanities Montana in 2013 as a community conversation facilitator for the inaugural Hometown Humanities.
Chris earned a bachelor’s degree in history—with a minor in art history—at Humboldt State University in Arcata, California before obtaining a master’s degree in business administration from the University of Utah. To Chris, the importance of the public humanities is evident: “I think one only need to watch or read the news to see the value that Humanities Montana might bring in reminding Montanans of their history and the value of civic dialogue. We could all use a refresher course on learning how to respect and understand one another’s differences while being unified in addressing the needs of the great people in our state.”
Humanities Montana is grateful for Chris’s years of service and leadership throughout the state. Congratulations, Chris!