Gerald L. Huges '54
Gerald L. Hughes '54 has spent his life working to educate the young
and to teach all ages about diversity.
One of Goshen College's early African-American students from eastern
Pennsylvania, Hughes graduated with a music education degree and
moved to Cleveland, Ohio, for a voluntary service term. He stayed
there, becoming a Cleveland Public Schools teacher and administrator
and a charter member of the Cleveland Orchestra Chorus. At one point,
Hughes directed the Trainers of Teacher Trainers Program, sponsored
by the school system and Cleveland State University, to prepare
teachers for urban schools. He earned a master's degree in administration
and supervision from the University of Pittsburgh in 1970.
A former vice president of the Mennonite Board of Education, Hughes
also chaired the advisory committee for High Aim, a program that
encouraged and provided financial help to minority students attending
Mennonite high schools.
Hughes served as president of Goshen's Alumni Association from 1993
to 1997. Other memberships include the Mennonite Central Committee
Bi-National Board, the Mennonite Church/General Conference Mennonite
Church vision and goals committee, Mennonite General Assembly Nominating
Committee and Urban Racial Council. Hughes also was minister of
music at Lee Heights Community Church.
He and his wife, Annabelle Conrad Hughes '54 have four children.