Eugene M. Hughes
Northern Arizona University
AS, Nebraska Western College
BS, Chadron State College
MS, Kansas State University
PhD, George Peabody College of Vanderbilt University
President, Northern Arizona University
President, Wichita State University
HON, Northern Arizona University
HON, Chadron (Nebraska) State College
'11 HON, Eastern Kentucky University
Gene Hughes had a career in higher education spanning over 40
years. That included teaching
mathematics at Kansas State University, Chadron State College, George Peabody
College of Vanderbilt University, and Northern Arizona University. His administrative experience was at George
Peabody College of Vanderbilt University, Chadron State College, Northern
Arizona University, Wichita State University, and Eastern Kentucky University.
his tenure at NAU, Hughes identified NAU’s niches as being the state’s premier
undergraduate residential university.
Research was focused on the natural environment of the Colorado Plateau
and other selected areas. NAU continued
to work closely with K-12 school systems and developed close working
relationships with community colleges.
Significant efforts were devoted to working with Native American tribes
and to enrolling Native American students.
In addition, NAU moved to develop nationally recognized unique programs
through its Center for Excellence in Education, the School of Hotel and
Restaurant Management and its Inn at NAU, NAU Yuma, the Tozan Kiln, the
Southwest Forest Science Complex, and through the NAU satellite and microwave
television network, NAU-net.
A few of his notable awards include being named President Emeritus of both
NAU and Wichita State University, Professor Emeritus of Mathematics at NAU,
recipient of the Arizona Board of Regents Medal (1993), Flagstaff Citizen of
the Year (1988), and Outstanding Kansas Citizen of the Year (1998). Hughes is
past-Chair of the Amtrak Customer Advisory Committee, past Co-President of the
St. Vincent de Paul Society, and is currently a member of the Advisory Board of
Sunwest Bank. Hughes has also been commissioned a Kentucky Colonel and an
Admiral in the Great Navy of the State of Nebraska by those state's
governors. Gene and his wife Margaret Ann have six grown children, 14
grandchildren, and 3 great grandchildren.