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K-State Today

May 20, 2015



Hughey named recipient of international academic advising award

By Patrice Scott

Ken Hughey named recipient of the Virginia N. Gordon for Excellence in Academic Advising.

A professor in the College of Education is being recognized by a global organization for his substantive contributions to the field of academic advising.

Ken Hughey, professor and chair of the department of special education, counseling and student affairs, will be presented this fall with the Virginia N. Gordon Award for Excellence in the Field of Advising at the annual conference of National Academic Advising Association: The Global Community for Academic Advising. The winner of this prestigious award must demonstrate impact at the national and/or international level through research, publications and presentations, leadership and commitment to academic advising over an extended period of time.

Charlie Nutt, National Academic Advising Association, or NACADA, executive director, points to Hughey's leadership and influence on the college's master's degree program in academic advising as the key reason he was selected for the award.

"Dr. Virginia Gordon was a charter member of NACADA and one of the first presidents of the association, Nutt said. "But most importantly, Dr. Gordon conducted and published some of the first research in the field of academic advising in regard to exploratory students. Throughout her career, she epitomized excellence in advancing the field of academic advising. Dr. Hughey also epitomizes the outstanding contributions to the field through his work with the first and most successful master's program in academic advising. His work at Kansas State University will have a lasting impact on the field of academic advising."

Hughey was humbled by the recognition.

"It is an honor to be named the recipient of the Virginia N. Gordon Award for Excellence in Academic Advising. I sincerely appreciate the support of Dean Mercer and Dean Emeritus Holen; the faculty and staff in the department of special education, counseling, and student affairs; National Academic Advising Association and executive director Charlie Nutt and emeritus director Bobbie Flaherty; and our students who have contributed to the success of Kansas State University's graduate programs in academic advising offered through Global Campus."

Hughey joined K-State in 1990 and was named department chair in 2008. He earned his bachelor's and master's degrees at Southeast Missouri State University, and his doctorate from the University of Missouri, Columbia. He has been a member of the National Academic Advising Association since 2005.

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