Assemblymember Millman Delivers Speech on Assembly Floor – Recommends Karen Brooks Hopkins, President of BAM, to the New York State Board of Regents

March 24, 2006
Brooklyn N.Y. – Karen Brooks Hopkins, a local community leader, was elected to the New York State Board of Regents. Ms. Hopkins, a resident of Park Slope and the 52nd Assembly District, will represent the 2nd Judicial District, which includes Brooklyn and Staten Island.

In her speech to the Assembly and the Senate, Millman seconded the motion to nominate Ms. Brooks Hopkins to the Board of Regents and offer her praise of the candidate. Millman stated, “There are outstanding individuals who all bring a different area of expertise to the role of regent. In Karen Brooks Hopkins we have a woman who is the Chief Executive of a world-class cultural institution located in the Fort Greene section of Brooklyn. BAM has made great strides during her tenure to reach out to the surrounding neighborhoods and bring in programming which reflects the diversity of our Borough.”

Millman concluded, “As a regent, I know she will make it a priority to assist our educational institutions to learn how elementary, middle and high schools work. There is no doubt she will improve education for all young people.”

Karen Brooks Hopkins is the president of the BAM, where she has worked since 1979. In May 2004, Hopkins concluded a two-year term as the Chair of The Cultural Institutions Group, which consists of 33 prominent New York City cultural institutions. In this capacity, she also served as a member of the Mayor’s Cultural Affairs Advisory Commission.

The Board of Regents is responsible for the general supervision of all educational activities within the state, presiding over the State University of New York and the New York State Educational Department. Board members are elected to five year terms by a joint-session of the state Legislature.