Associate Dean Patrick Hughes named one of Central PA's Forty Under 40

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Central Penn College Associate Dean Patrick Hughes will be honored as one of Central Penn Business Journal’s 2012 Forty Under 40 award recipients.

SUMMERDALE, PA (09/12/2012)(readMedia)-- On Wednesday, October 10, Patrick Hughes will be honored as one of Central Penn Business Journal's 2012 Forty Under 40 award recipients for his commitment to business growth, professional excellence and community service at an evening reception and awards program at Hilton Harrisburg from 6 to 9 p.m. This year marks the program's 18th anniversary.

Hughes is currently Central Penn College's associate dean of the school of applied sciences, leading and supporting the criminal justice administration, homeland security management, legal studies, physical therapist assistant, occupational therapy assistant and medical assisting degree programs, and overseeing ten full-time faculty members. Having completed all but his dissertation for his doctoral degree in leadership from Alvernia University, Hughes has proven to be an effective organizational leader throughout his professional career in the criminal justice field and as a professor at Central Penn.

"I was honored to be chosen," says Hughes. "I know that there are many well deserving people in the central Pennsylvania area, so it was very humbling."

Pairing hard work with effective leadership skills, Hughes was instrumental in creating and implementing an institution-wide, interdisciplinary 21-credit Leadership Development Program (LDP) at Central Penn College in 2010. He successfully rallied for the program, which was approved and accepted as an institutional member with the International Leadership Association, based out of the University of Maryland. Since then, he has taken the program a step further by advancing it into a new bachelor's degree in organizational leadership.

Hughes volunteers as a baseball coach for the Middletown Athletic and Baseball Association, working with 15-and-16-year-olds in the Middletown Area. Serving his community to the best of his ability, he helped extensively for three months to rebuild two homes located on Adelia St. in Middletown, Pa., last fall after the area flooded and left the homes with extensive damage. He has also volunteered with Habitat for Humanity.

Following the event, Hughes and the other award recipients will be featured in a special publication distributed in the October 12 edition of the Central Penn Business Journal. The list of winners will also appear in the 2013 Book of Lists publication.

Sponsors of the 2012 Forty Under 40 program include Members 1st Federal Credit Union, Comcast Business Class, Highmark Blue Shield, Hilton Harrisburg, Infiniti of Mechanicsburg and Classic Drycleaners & Laundromats.

For more information about the Forty Under 40 awards program, the complete list of the honorees and/or to register to attend the awards reception, visit or contact Nicole Morgan at (717) 236-4300.

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Central Penn College has been helping students turn potential into career success since 1881, offering bachelor's and associate degrees in the fields of accounting, business administration, criminal justice, information technology, communications, healthcare, homeland security and legal studies. The College, currently serving students at its Harrisburg, Lancaster and Lehigh Valley locations, attributes its high rate of student success to a caring faculty and its hands-on learning approach. Based on Central Penn's most recent One-Year Graduate Survey, 82.9 percent of graduates were employed in their chosen field or continuing their education within one year of graduation. Central Penn College is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education, 3624 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104 (267-284-5000). The Middle States Commission on Higher Education is an institutional accrediting agency recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation.