NAU President Dr. Eugene Hughes has been awarded the Coconino
Community College Distinguished Service Award for 2016.
Flagstaff, AZ (Sept. 12, 2016) Northern Arizona University
President Emeritus Dr. Eugene Hughes has been selected as the 2016
recipient of the prestigious Distinguished Service Award at Coconino
Dr. Hughes was selected for his outstanding contribution to
the mission of Coconino Community College.
"Dr. Hughes' strong sense of service to the community and
his steadfast belief in the power of education encouraged the founding
of CCC and helped make the College what it is today," said
CCC President Colleen A. Smith, Ph.D. "I am honored and proud
to be able to present the CCC Distinguished Service Award to him."
Dr. Hughes first came to NAU in 1970 to be Dean of Arts and
Sciences. When President J. Lawrence Walkup retired as NAU's president
in 1979, Hughes took over as president from 1979 to 1993. During
that period, he was instrumental in helping with the formation of
Coconino Community College in 1991. Dr. Hughes even loaned Dr. John
Glenn, NAU Dean of Continuing Education and Director of Summer and
Instructional TV Programs, to CCC to be the fledgling community
college's first president.
In a book on CCC's history, Hughes stated, "I myself am
a graduate of community college and recognize the value of it. Had
it not been for a community college in my hometown, I would not
have been able to go to college."
After leaving NAU, Dr. Hughes went on to be president at Wichita
State University in Kansas and interim president of Eastern Kentucky
University. He spent more than 40 years in higher education before
retiring. He continues service work within his community.
The CCC Distinguished Service Award recognizes outstanding service,
leadership and support to the College and to the educational enrichment
of Coconino County. Nominees must be a resident of Coconino County
at the time of nomination, and they must have affected or substantially
contributed a major accomplishment for the benefit of CCC and to
the educational enrichment of district residents. The award is normally
given to one recipient annually, and any resident of the county
may nominate a person for the award. Current members of the CCC
District Governing Board and individuals employed by the College
are exempt from nomination.
In previous years, the award was presented in May during CCC's
Commencement Ceremony. This year, President Smith chose to present
the award during the CCC Foundation Annual Meeting.
Dr. Hughes will receive the Distinguished Service Award during
the CCC Foundation Annual Meeting, 7:30 to 9 a.m., Friday, Sept.
16, 2016, at the CCC Lone Tree Campus, 2800 S. Lone Tree Road, in
Flagstaff. Tickets are still available. For tickets, visit http://www.coconinofoundation.org.
About Coconino Community College
Student success is the heart and purpose of Coconino Community College.
CCC provides affordable tuition and a wide variety of certificates
and degrees including career/technical programs with nearly 50 certificate
programs and two-year associate degrees in various fields including
nursing, fire science, law enforcement and business. The award-winning
CCC2NAU program provides an innovative way to smooth a student's
path toward a bachelor's degree at Northern Arizona University with
tailored advisement and institutional collaboration, including access
to amenities at NAU.
Since 1991, CCC has served residents across 18,000 square miles
of Coconino County. CCC has helped create the region's skilled workforce,
which is improving overall health, safety and the economy in the
region. Today, CCC serves more than 7,500 students per year with
two campuses in Flagstaff.
CCC reaches out to the more rural portions of the County including
Williams, the Grand Canyon/Tusayan, Page/Lake Powell, Fredonia,
Tuba City and other remote areas on the Navajo, Hopi and Supai Tribal
Lands. Instructional sites offer classes through online, in-person
and Interactive Television classes to meet the needs of students
in these rural and remote areas. Nearly 25 percent of CCC's students
are Native American learners.