Local Educator Earns Doctorate in Educational Leadership



Cathryn J-C Hughes earned her Doctorate in Educational Leadership (Ed.D) from East Tennessee State University. She graduated on May 6, 2017 and was joined by her friends and family. Her dissertation was titled: “Perception of Factors that Facilitate or Inhibit Associate Degree Completion at the Community College Level: A Case Study.” Dr. Hughes has been an educator with Yancey County Schools since 2011 and serves as the itinerant ESL teacher for MHHS, CRMS, and EYMS. She is also a Humanities instructor teaching American Federal Government for Murray State College in Tishomingo, Oklahoma. Dr. Hughes is also an instructor for the Family Violence Coalition of Yancey County.

Dr. Hughes is a 2006 graduate of Mountain Heritage High School. She is a 2008 graduate of Mayland Community College with an Associate of Arts. While at Mayland Community College, she earned special recognition as the graduation speaker of the arts and sciences department. In 2011, she received the Distinguished Alumni Award representing Yancey County, NC for 2011. Dr. Hughes is also 2010 graduate of Mars Hill University with a Bachelor of Arts, and a 2013 graduate of Appalachian State University with a Masters in Library Science.

 Dr. Cathryn Hughes is the daughter of Randy and Carol Hughes of Green Mountain and the granddaughter of Wayne and Phyllis McKinney of Green Mountain and the late Ransom and Ruby Hughes. 

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