Professor Hopkins – Saint Land Use Expert at U. of Arizona

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Christopher Hopkins, the senior vice president for aggregates and mining at The Saint Consulting Group, has been appointed an Adjunct Professor in the Department of Mining and Geological Engineering and Lowell Institute for Mineral Resources at the University of Arizona.

Chris oversees all of Saint Consulting’s work in the quarry and mining industries in the US, United Kingdom and Canada. He is a regular speaker on overcoming the difficulties of permitting aggregate quarries and mineral mines before such organizations as the National Sand, Stone and Gravel Association, the Ontario Stone, Sand and Gravel Association, the Northwest Mining Association, American Coal Council and the Mineral Products Association in the United Kingdom.

At the University of Arizona he will teach a course about how to overcome community opposition and political hurdles when permitting a mineral mine. He has been a frequent guest lecturer at graduate programs in mining at several other prestigious universities as well, including the University of Utah, the Missouri University of Science and Technology, and the University of Illinois. His articles are routinely published in industry trade journals.

Chris joined Saint Consulting in 2000 after managing and participating in more than 20 political campaigns over a 12-year period. Since joining the firm, he has organized and run more than 50 land use permitting campaigns.

Chris was promoted to vice president in 2003 to oversee regional offices in Tennessee, Florida and Missouri, and in 2007 was named senior vice president for aggregates and mining.

He is a member of the Communications Committee of the National Sand, Stone and Gravel Association and served as a judge for the association’s 2008 annual awards for Environmental Excellence and Community Relations. Chris is also an active member of the Quarry Product Association in the United Kingdom and the Ontario Sand, Stone and Gravel Association.

Chris did his undergraduate studies and received his master’s degree in public policy from the University of Massachusetts. He has completed additional programs at Harvard, MIT and the Harvard Business School.

Chris resides in Franklin, Tennessee, with his wife and two children. To read previous Saint Report posts by Chris, click here.  Email

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