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Austin Peay president named “most admired public figure” in poll

February 25, 2002

Dr. Sherry Hoppe was selected by the readers of “Our City” magazine as Clarksville's most admired local public figure.

News of Hoppe's win in the category will be announced in the Feb. 27 issue of the magazine.

Each February, “Our City” polls its 10,000 readers in Clarksville and Hopkinsville, asking them to submit their “favorites” in dozens of categories, from best barbeque to hardest-working public servant. Ballot questions are open, that is, no suggestions are offered. Readers are unrestricted in their choices and literally “fill in the blanks” on the ballot, according to Sandy Drinnon, sales representative for the magazine. Readers submit their choices by mail, fax, e-mail and phone.

“The fact that we got so many people writing and e-mailing us with Dr. Hoppe as their choice says a lot about how she's viewed in the community,” Drinnon says.

Local businessman Don Jenkins agrees. “Dr. Hoppe has a flair for leadership,” he says. “She's gotten the University on track and headed in the right direction.”

Jenkins, owner of Jenkins & Wynne Ford-Lincoln-Mercury-Honda-Isuzu, was particularly impressed by Hoppe's establishment of a Circle of Advisors. People in the circle, all prominent members of the community, serve not only as idea generators but also as the eyes and ears of the University.

“She's done a great job integrating the University into the community and the community into the University,” says Jenkins. “And that's a win-win situation.”

Second place in the category was claimed by longtime city councilwoman Mary Jo Dozier; Mayor Johnny Piper came in third.

The poll turned a positive light on other aspects of the University as well. Trahern Gallery, located on the first floor of the Trahern Building, was number-two in the “best local art gallery” category. (The Customs House Museum was first.) Trahern Gallery also was number-one in the “best place to discover the next Picasso” category.