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Dr. G. Edward


Dr. G. Edward Hughes brings more than 40 years of experience in higher education as a teacher and dean and community college president in rural Tennessee, Arkansas, New York, and Kentucky. He co-founded STAR Educational Programming and formed The Hughes Group, a fundraising firm. His skill set includes strategic visioning, board development, CEO coaching and all aspects of fundraising.

During his career in higher education, Dr. Hughes served on numerous regional and national boards and received many awards for leadership. Following his retirement in 2015, Dr. Hughes has continued his career in areas that focus on helping non-profits build capacity for sustainable fundraising. He is an active musician, playing trumpet in several bands in the Greater Cincinnati region.

Ph.D. (Higher Education) | Southern Illinois University

M.A. (Psychology) | Middle Tennessee State University

B.A. (Psychology) | Catawba College

Past Experience
Founding President | Gateway Community and Technical College (KY)

President | Hazard Community / Technical College (KY)

Dean, Academic and Student Affairs | North Country Community College (NY)

Division Chair, Social and Applied Sciences | Northeast Arkansas Community College

How has education changed your life/your family?

The formal and informal education I received throughout my life has left me with deeper appreciation for the diversity of thought in my community and the world. The opportunity to learn about cultures by engaging an ever-widening network of people has informed my view of the world beyond my community. My life’s work is about helping those who are marginalized, who have lost and are losing hope, and who just need another chance.

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