Major General Ted Hopgood received his Bachelor’s Degree in Physical Education from Texas A&M and his Masters Degree in Education from the University of Virginia.
He served a distinguished 31 year career in the U. S. Marine Corps, retiring as a Major General. General Hopgood served multiple tours of duty in Vietnam as a Rifle Platoon Leader and as a Company Commander for three Infantry Companies. His General Officer assignments included serving as Deputy Director for Operations at the National Military Command Center in the Pentagon; Assistant Division Commander of the 1st Marine Division; Commanding General of the First Services Support Group in Somalia; Director of Operations for the U. S. Pacific Command in Hawaii; and, President of the Marine Corps University.
His military decorations include the Defense Distinguished Service Medal; the Marine Corps Distinguished Service Medal; the Defense Superior Service Medal; the Legion of Merit; the Bronze Star Medal with Combat “V”; the Purple Heart Medal; the Meritorious Service Medal; the Navy Commendation Medal with Combat “V” and gold stars in lieu of second and third awards; and, the Navy Achievement Medal.
In August 1996, General Hopgood became the 37th Commandant of the Corps of Cadets serving until June 2002. While a cadet at Texas A&M, he served for two years as Yell Leader and as a Ross Volunteer. He currently supports the Corps of Cadets with two Sul Ross Scholarships.