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Hughes receives multiple honors at University of the Cumberlands


P.J. Hughes is congratulated by Dr. James Taylor, president of University of the Cumberlands, upon his graduating summa cum laude during Commencement 2010.

WILLIAMSBURG, Ky. —Paul Jeffrey (P.J.) Hughes, of Macon, Ga., has again proved that he is an academic as well as an athletic standout at University of the Cumberlands.

In April, during the 51st annual Honors Day celebration at Cumberlands, Hughes received the T. J. Roberts Campus Leadership Award, one of five student awards presented for campus or community service. The award honors a trustee who served Cumberlands for more than twenty years.

He also received the Hutton School of Business departmental award for the outstanding student in business administration. A member of Sigma Beta Delta National Honor Society for students of business administration, Hughes was also named a student of High Honor and inducted into the J.T. Vallandingham Scholastic Honor Society, the highest academic honor presented at Cumberlands.

Hughes, who earlier in the year was the only NAIA football player named to the 2009 Allstate American Football Coaches Association (AFCA) Good Works Team, was also named the Mid-South Conference Scholar Athlete.

At Commencement in May, Hughes graduated summa cum laude with a Bachelor of Science in business administration and communication arts.

Hughes is well-known for his participation in campus life and his service to the community. He has been a STAR, which is a student leader in the freshman Insights program; an academic peer tutor at the Academic Resource Center (ARC); a Baptist Campus Ministries (BCM) Life Group leader; and an active member of Fellowship of Christian Athletes. He also volunteered at the local elementary school, at Williamsburg Nursing Home, where he escorted residents in their annual beauty pageant, and during UC’s Mountain Outreach Gift Day. Additionally, he has participated in missions work in Hollis, Alaska, and with BCM in New Orleans. At Commencement, he was named a Hutton Scholar, an honor bestowed on graduating seniors who have contributed 200 or more volunteer hours to community service during their college careers.

Listed on the Presidential Dean’s List for the spring semester, Hughes is the son of Bobby Hughes, of Marietta, Ga. and Sydney Hughes, of Montezuma, Ga. During the summer, Hughes will serve as an intern with Rollins, Inc. of Atlanta.