2015 Grady Clay Community Vision Award: Dr. G. Edward Hughes

The Kentucky ASLA Executive Committee has selected Dr. G. Edward Hughes, President of Gateway Community and Technical College, to be this year’s award recipient. Dr. Hughes is being recognized for his commitment to his community, students and staff by pushing for an innovative and adaptive Urban Metro Campus in Downtown Covington. The following is an excerpt from his introduction:

“The campus planning approach he has taken says volumes about his community, design and environmental values. By using strategies such as adaptive re-use and urban infill, his college is able to achieve their goals while simultaneously improving the environment for those throughout Covington. In a day and age where many university campus models focus internally and isolate themselves from their surrounding communities, Dr. Hughes and has chosen to face the community and fill a void. Dr. Hughes is helping create a more resilient urban campus model that allows for a more resilient Downtown Covington.”

Dr. Hughes became the founding president and chief executive officer of Gateway Community and Technical College on December 1, 2001. Under Dr. Hughes’ leadership, Gateway has transformed into a comprehensive two-year college with emphasis on workforce development and training, transfer education, and adult education and services. Hughes is known as an innovative leader and educator and community collaborator. With him at the helm, Gateway received regional accreditation by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Universities, effective January 2008. The college also has seen dramatic growth and was the seventh fastest growing two-year college in its category in the United States in 2005-06.