G. Edward Hughes, Ph.D.

Chairman Emeritus of The Challenger Learning Center of Kentucky

Dr. G. Edward Hughes is Chairman Emeritus of The Challenger Learning Center of Kentucky and a Leadership Coach for Achieving the Dream. Edward brings to ATD more than 40 years of experience in higher education as a teacher and administrator in Tennessee, Illinois, Arkansas, New York and Kentucky.

Over the course of his career, Edward served as the second President of Hazard Community College and the first President of Hazard Community and Technical College, as well as founding President/CEO of Gateway Community and Technical College. While at Hazard, he led the regional effort to develop The Challenger Learning Center of Kentucky, the first rural center of its kind and one of only 42 worldwide. Hazard Community College was a pilot college in the Ford Foundation-funded Rural Community College Initiative, a forerunner of the Rural Community College Alliance. During his time at Gateway, he led the transformation of three former vocational schools into a fully accredited comprehensive community and technical colleges with four campuses in Northern Kentucky. Edward’s vision and leadership also included the development of the Boone Campus and its nationally acclaimed Center for Advanced Manufacturing.

During his career in higher education, Edward served on numerous regional and national boards including the Board of Directors of the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC) and the President and member of the Executive Committee of the Presidents Academy of AACC and the Board of the National Alliance of Community and Technical Colleges (NACTC). Edward has also received many awards for leadership including the 2016 Lifetime Achievement Award from the Northern Kentucky Education Council.

Following his retirement in 2016, Edward continued his career in areas that focus on helping people and organizations prosper and fulfill their missions and visions. He created The Hughes Group to provide connections between the innovative ideas of people to organizations and resources in the Greater Cincinnati region. The goals of these collaborations are to help reduce the impact of poverty in the region, and to increase the flow of people out of poverty and into self-sufficiency. Active in many civic, community, regional and national organizations, Edward is a national board member of Partners for Sacred Places in Philadelphia.

Edward holds a doctorate in higher education from Southern Illinois University, an M.A. in psychology from Middle Tennessee State University, and a B.A. in psychology from Catawba College.

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