An talk with Bethesda Academy President Dr. Michael Hughes

The doubt and answer event with Michael Hughes Ph.D., was rubbed by Cynthia Wright, boss of a Savannah Jaycees

Q: When did we join Bethesda?

A: I started my use as President of Bethesda Academy in a summer of 2016.

Q: What is your knowledge in credentials and how prolonged have we been an educator?

A: Prior to usurpation a position during Bethesda, we served as headmaster for 5 years during Antilles School in St. Thomas, that is deliberate to be one of a excellent eccentric schools in a U.S. Virgin Islands. we also led Riverside Military Academy in Gainesville as a superintendent (president) during a six-year extensive rebranding duration from 1999 to 2005. we taught college for 8 years during West Point, and also served as Director of a Center there. we have been a clergyman for 31 years and warranted connoisseur degrees during a University of Virginia and a University of North Carolina during Chapel Hill.

Q: What encouraged we to get into education?

A: I was desirous by Thomas Jefferson’s prophesy for his final years to settle an establishment of training for those who follow us. we suspicion that apropos a propagandize personality to enthuse and rise immature people would be a unequivocally meaningful, alone gratifying approach to finish my operative career. And it has.

Q: What did we do before apropos an educator?

A: After graduation from West Point, we proudly served a republic as an battalion officer in a United States Army during a 22-year career. My use enclosed assignments in California and during Ft. Benning, GA; as good as with a U.S. European Command in Germany and in a Middle East. we also served as an battalion purloin association commander along a DMZ in Korea and culminated my troops career as a tenured associate highbrow during West Point.

Q: What is your many suggestive grant as a teacher/mentor?

A: As a clergyman of caring and conversing for 8 years during West Point, we taught hundreds of cadets and had a life-changing impact on an whole era of immature group and women who would turn glorious Army officers. we take honour in celebrating a successes of my former students, either they turn village leaders or paint a nation in heading a tellurian fight on terror.

Q: What sets your caring impression apart?

A: My caring impression is unequivocally intense, focused, hands-on and engaged. During my countless practice as a caring instructor during West Point, MIT, and a Army, we schooled a pivotal doctrine that caring skills can be schooled if taught in several modes including speculation and unsentimental skills total with an event to learn from other successful leaders from many areas of life.

Q: What are your many noted awards?

A: Truly, my “most memorable” endowment was a payoff of operative with America’s excellent immature group and women during West Point, a United States Army, and in excellent schools like Bethesda Academy. When we late from active avocation in 1999 as a Lieutenant Colonel, we was shamed to accept a Legion of Merit for my contributions to a United States Army and West Point. Also, during my doctoral studies and grave training during a University of Virginia, we was comparison as a lifetime member of a prestigious Raven Society for my contributions to a University of Virginia and a Charlottesville village in caring and village service.

Q: What is your prophesy for Bethesda Academy?

A: I trust Bethesda will turn a transformative caring academy that provides a glorious educational and basic experience, both college and vocational, to assistance any child strech his potential. To grasp this, we have renewed and strengthened a goal to learn suggestive caring skills to any Bethesda child and combined a new curriculum to support it.

Q: What are 3 things we wish a village to know about Bethesda Academy?

A: 1) Founded in 1740, Bethesda Academy is a oldest child-care establishment in a United States. That being said, we are no longer an orphanage. Now we are a private boarding and day propagandize for immature group in grades 6 by twelve and are accredited by a Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.

2) Bethesda Academy is an all-male school, and as such, we are fiercely unapproachable that 95 percent of a students connoisseur on time, and 85 percent of a students go on to college.

3) Bethesda Academy is formalizing an organizational structure to build an effective caring group and commencement a mutation to a caring academy.

Q: What are a advantages of an all masculine school?

A: Founded on a faith in God, Bethesda nurtures boys by competency based, stretchable enlightening programs and work credentials so they will grow into obliged citizens. Bethesda offers an credentials in a smaller, supervised, understanding environment. The 650-acre campus facilities a accumulation of jaunty teams, a wildlife government and organic tillage module and STEM curriculum.

Q: Does Bethesda offer any special programs?

A: Students in grades 9–12 spend one category duration of their report any day in one of a Campus internships. While a practice are all unique, students are taught and approaching to denote plain work ethic skills. Student interns are now managed by counterpart mentors in a following areas: athletics, jaunty training, wildlife refuge and preserve, dining services, bureau assistants, growth selling and hospitality, introduction to digital media, teacher’s aide, cattle and beef program, plantation and gardens and maintenance.

Q: How can a village get involved?

A: The village can assistance by providing appropriation support and opportunities for internships, as good as externship experiences.

Q: How many employees do we have?

A: We have 40 staff members.

Q: Who is your favorite author and what is your favorite book?

A: I initial review “Once an Eagle” by Anton Myrer in 1976 when we was an battalion commander stationed in Korea. It is both a troops book and a caring book and a good investigate in character, resisting a lives of dual officers. One takes caring of his soldiers and serves his country. The other male serves himself only, always seeking a aloft rank. A profitable doctrine we schooled from reading a book is always to get on a belligerent and see what’s unequivocally function with a people we lead.

Q: Tell us about your family and what we suffer doing when we aren’t working.

A: My mother Donna and we adore it here in Savannah. During my troops career, we spent time during Fort Stewart and Hunter Army Airfield and grown an appreciation and adore for a Savannah area, so it felt like entrance home when we came to Bethesda and Savannah. Donna and we have 3 grown children, dual daughters and a son, dual of whom are teachers, and one who is an attorney. we like operative out by weight lifting and sportive on a tread-climber. we also suffer spending time with my wife, along with outside activities such as hiking, fishing and exploring.

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