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SJU Professor Dedicates Career to Supporting Education in New York State

Monday, April 14, 2014

Jonathan T. Hughes, Ph.D., professor of educational administration and director, Center for Educational Leadership and Accountability, is one of four Long Islanders to receive a 2014 Education Partner Award from the Board of Cooperative Educational Services of Nassau County (Nassau BOCES) on April 2.

“Dr. Hughes has dedicated himself to enhancing the quality of education in Nassau County for more than 30 years,” said  Jerrold Ross, Ph.D., dean, The School of Education. “He created the highly respected doctoral program in administration and supervision at St. John’s Oakdale location. This led us to develop a portfolio of graduate-level degree programs there, raising the University’s profile as a center for training future education leaders.”

Hughes, who grew up in New York, has committed himself to upgrading the state’s educational institutions—both urban and rural, religious and secular.  Recently, he helped the Diocese of Rockville Centre and the Diocese of Brooklyn formulate educational plans to better meet the needs of their constituencies by analyzing parish and school demographics. And, as senior researcher for the New York State School Boards Association, Hughes also worked on a Rockefeller Foundation grant-funded project, helping 57 inner city and rural schools make more efficient use of their resources. 

The author of numerous books and articles on school district management, planning, and governance issues, Hughes also created an online resource, the School District Almanac’s Data Points, which provides information about programs, enrollments, costs, and demographics for schools throughout New York State. More than 300 school districts subscribe. 

The latest doctoral program Hughes created, the Exemplary Leaders Cohort Program, is designed for educators with a minimum of 20 years’ educational experience who want to pursue high-level administrative positions. It will be launched within the year.

“The program is consistent with St. John’s commitment to training future educational leaders at every level and stage in life,” Hughes said. “I am uplifted by being part of a diverse, Catholic, service-oriented institution that makes a difference in the lives and livelihood of children of immigrants.”