Col. Michael Hughes, superintendent of Riverside Military Academy, has been tapped to lead a board of advisors for the University of Georgia’s Franklin College of Arts and Sciences. Hughes, who has served as Riverside’s superintendent since 1999, is the inaugural chairman of the Franklin College Board of Advisors and has worked closely with Franklin College Dean Wyatt Anderson to lead a group of alumni, donors, government officials, and faculty representatives to advise the college as it grows into the 21st century. The advisory board will tackle issues, such as increasing diversity, that face the college as a whole.
Hughes is a 1977 graduate of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, where he earned awards for both academic excellence and leadership. This was the beginning of a 22-year career as an infantry officer in the U.S. Army, with postings in Korea, Germany, and the U.S. Hughes also holds a master’s degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a doctorate in counselor education from the University of Virginia.
Prior to becoming superintendent at Riverside, Hughes served as director of West Point’s Center for Enhanced Performance, leading a 16-member professional faculty and staff group in providing a student success program. That program has since been adapted to Riverside to teach cadets self-confidence, mental toughness, personal organization, goal setting, and time management – critical skills for academic and professional success.
Riverside Military Academy and the Franklin College have had a close relationship since 1978, when Riverside’s trustees established the Sandy Beaver Awards for Excellence in Teaching and Sandy Beaver Teaching Professorships to honor Gen. Sandy Beaver, a 1903 UGA graduate who became president of Riverside in 1913 and directed it for 56 years. Each year, the school presents these awards to faculty members in the Franklin College.
Riverside Military Academy is an independent college preparatory school for young men in grades 7-12. The academy’s Corps of Cadets represents more than 400 students from more than 30 states and 10 countries.