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Remembrances Flow In For Former NAU President Eugene Hughes

Northern Arizona University is remembering former school president Eugene Hughes, who passed away earlier this week. He was NAU’s 12th president and served in that role from July 1st 1979 until June 30th 1993. He helped establish NAU’s Center for Excellence in Education and developed the Southwest Center for Forestry Science Complex, in conjuction with the U.S. Forest Service. He also created the School of Hotel and Restaurant Management and helped turn it into a nationally recognized school. Incoming NAU president Jose Luis Cruz says “the impactful life of President Hughes inspires all of us who view educational institutions as engines of opportunity.” President Rita Cheng says “The NAU community has lost a great leader and champion and an important member of our Lumberjack family,” She adds, “his contributions from decades of service to NAU have built the foundation we enjoy today.”