Bethesda Academy President Dr. Michael Hughes to Retire at End of the School Year

By: Bethesda Academy
SAVANNAH, Ga. - Feb. 21, 2024 - PRLog -- After more than 25 years of serving as a leader in education and eight years as President of Bethesda Academy, Dr. H. Michael Hughes announced that he will retire at the end of the 2023-2024 academic school year.

Hughes, who became president of the all-boys private school in July 2016, worked closely with the Board of Governors to create the "New Bethesda," honoring George Whitefield's command to instill in young men a love of God, a love of learning, and a strong work ethic but providing them with a transformational and holistic education that will ensure a lifetime of success. He has overseen notable improvements in the life of the school, including the modernization of facilities, expansion of academic and leadership programs and the successful navigation through the COVID-19 pandemic. He has been a tireless advocate for the students of Bethesda Academy, playing a pivotal role in creating a welcoming and supportive learning environment for all students.

"I'm thrilled we were able to make so much progress for the students here at Bethesda Academy." Hughes said. "Any success I can claim is certainly shared with our wonderful faculty and staff."

Working closely with Dr. Ted Moore and the Board of Governors, Bethesda Academy developed a new strategic plan, Lead the Way, focusing on enhancing academic, athletic, character and leadership development programs. Hughes developed partnerships with several institutions, including the Jepson School of Leadership Studies at the University of Richmond, Point University, the Georgia Ports Authority, Savannah Technical College and Xcel Strategies.

The athletic program made significant gains, including upgraded weight room facilities, the building of a football field and track and the performance of the Blazer football and basketball teams in state playoff tournaments. This year, Bethesda Academy won its first SCISA State Championship in football.

In 2017, Hughes was given the Georgia GOAL Advocacy Award. In 2020, he was honored with the SCISA Betty B. Disher Educational Innovation Award, recognizing the improvements and innovative practices in Bethesda Academy's teaching and learning curriculum. President Paula Wallace awarded Bethesda Academy the prestigious SCAD Salutes Award in 2021 for Bethesda's invaluable efforts in educating and supporting the youth in the Savannah and local community.

A seasoned educator and decorated military officer, Hughes brought 22 years of leadership experience to Bethesda Academy. Previously head of Antilles School and West Point's Center for Enhanced Performance, he boasts graduate degrees from Virginia and UNC Chapel Hill and his exceptional military service earned him the Legion of Merit.

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