Hollis E. Jr. joined the Board of Trustees in 1989 as a nominee of the Alumni Council. He served as board president from 2011 to January 2014 and as secretary from 2006 to 2011.
Hughes has served his South Bend community in many ways. He was president and chief executive officer of the United Way of St. Joseph County for 13 years before his retirement in 2007. He also is a past director of South Bend’s Model Cities Program, responsible for planning, coordinating, and allocating the Department of Housing and Urban Development’s resources to local government agencies, organizations, and citizen groups. He also served as director of South Bend’s bureau of housing, director of the St. Joseph County Housing Allowance Office, director of the Housing Assistance Office Inc., and executive director of the St. Joseph County Housing Authority.
Hughes earned his bachelor’s degree from Ball State in 1965 and his master’s degree in 1972. He also serves his alma mater as a board member of the Ball State University Foundation, the Alumni Council, and the Black Alumni Constituent Society Board of Directors.