Sarah Hughes Honored as Outstanding Woman of Northern Kentucky | News
COVINGTON, KY (FOX19) – Sarah Hughes, special projects coordinator for the North Central Area Health Education Center, an affiliate of Gateway Community and Technical College, was honored in April as one of four local women receiving the Outstanding Woman of Northern Kentucky award.
Hughes was recognized for her many years of service as a nurse, educator and community leader. Her impact stretches from the local region back to the mountains of Eastern Kentucky where she served with distinction prior to moving to Northern Kentucky in 2001.
“She’s the superwoman we all would resent if she weren’t so unaffected and eager to help,” said longtime friend and associate Evelyn K. Tackett, director of North Central AHEC. “Sarah has worked tirelessly as a public health nurse, nursing instructor, health educator and community project coordinator organizing health fairs and educating health professionals. She has advised and encouraged countless students and co-workers.”
That is the professional side of Hughes’ resume. On the personal side, she is married to Gateway president/CEO G. Edward Hughes, and her role as a president’s wife, mother of three daughters and grandmother of two boys brings additional responsibility. Still, she has found time to serve on the board of the Brighton Center, which she chaired in 2008 and 2009. She is a past board member of Welcome House and worked to raise funds for St. Elizabeth Hospice and Gateway.
“I can think of few others who possess the integrity, skills, leadership, caring attitude and all around great affection for this community,” said Laura Cook Kroeger, vice president of resource development and public affairs at Gateway, executive director of the Gateway Foundation and a previous honoree of the recognition program. “She is truly outstanding in every way.”
Gateway Community and Technical College (GCTC) is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools to award associate degrees. Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097 or call 404-679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of Gateway Community and Technical College.
GCTC is Northern Kentucky’s only publicly supported, two-year comprehensive community and technical college. The college enrolls nearly 4,800 students and offers associate degrees, diplomas and certificates in 30 subject areas. Classes are provided at GCTC locations in Boone County, Covington, and Edgewood. Through partnerships with more than 400 local businesses, GCTC provides customized, short-term training to more than 3,000 other people. Find out how to “start here and go anywhere” at gateway.kctcs.edu. GCTC is one of 16 colleges that comprise the Kentucky Community and Technical College System.
For most Kentuckians, higher education begins at the Kentucky Community and Technical College System. Our statewide system of 16 colleges, 68 campuses and more than 100,000 students is a critical component to transforming the state’s economy by providing citizens with the education and training needed for high growth, high wage careers. For more information, visit kctcs.edu. KCTCS and Gateway are equal opportunity employment and education institutions.
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