Hugh Dayton Huffaker, Jr. Awarded Honorary Doctorate

Friday, July 26, 2013
Hugh Huffaker
Hugh Huffaker

President Bob Rodgers and the Board of Trustees at Richmont Graduate University awarded trustee emeritus and friend of the university, Hugh Dayton Huffaker, Jr., with an honorary doctorate in Chattanooga, on Wednesday, July 17.

“Hugh is a remarkable person and has selflessly served the university by investing his time, expertise and treasure for many decades,” said Mr. Rodgers. “Awarding Hugh with an honorary doctorate is an honor well deserved as he has devotedly served and stewarded this institution with integrity in ways that continue today.”

Mr. Huffaker’s service to Richmont began in 1976 - years before the Chattanooga Bible Institute (CBI) merged with the Psychological Studies Institute (PSI) to create today’s accredited university. Serving through various campaigns - capital (1982), building (1989), and endowment (1993) - the CBI and PSI merger (2000), and the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACOCS) accreditation process (2003), Mr. Huffaker has been a steadfast voice for Christian counselor education. In addition to serving Richmont, Mr. Huffaker has also served the greater Chattanooga community through his involvement via the Chattanooga Association of Realtors, McCallie School, the CARTA transportation board, Huffaker Real Estate, Bryan College, the Electric Power Board, and many more.

During Wednesday’s luncheon on Richmont’s Chattanooga campus, president emeritus Henry Henegar addressed the Huffaker family and friends of the university, sharing the many ways that Mr. Huffaker displayed the “steadfastness” mentioned in 1 Corinthians 15:58.

“Hugh is the surviving link between Richmont and the CBI founder, the late Dr. James Fowle. Dr. Fowle recruited Hugh to the CBI board in 1976,” said Henegar. “Hugh could have honorably retired after numerous achievements in the CBI/PSI story---the joint venture, the merger, the purchase of the Central Presbyterian property, and SACOCS accreditation, for example. He also could have retired after reaching age 65, age 70, age 75, age 80. But he was steadfast, and his work for CBI/PSI/Richmont abounded in strong results. His extended years of service are an example to his children, Kathy and Bill Wilder, Charlotte and Hugh Huffaker III, and Alice and Robert Thatcher---and to the community.”

Awarding honorary doctorates based on individual stewardship, a commitment to the university, and lifelong service, this award was the eighth honorary doctorate to be awarded in the history of the institution.

"We are immensely grateful for all that Hugh and his wife Marion have given in support of Richmont,” said Mr. Rodgers. “We could not think of a more worthy recipient for an honorary doctorate.”

As an academic institution, Richmont currently hosts two campuses in Atlanta, and Chattanooga, Tennessee. Accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges, Richmont offers master’s-level training in professional counseling to help individuals, families and groups successfully confront life’s challenges. The mission of Richmont Graduate University is to provide Christ-centered education and research that advances God’s work of healing, restoration, and transformation in the lives of individuals, churches and communities. Presently, students have the opportunity to pursue master's degrees in: Professional Counseling, Marriage and Family Therapy, Ministry, and Christian Psychological Studies as well as specializations in addictions, child and adolescent therapy, sex therapy, spirituality and counseling, and trauma counseling.

Additionally, in order to serve Richmont’s campus communities, the university hosts a network of Hope Counseling Centers throughout metro Atlanta, as well as the Henegar/CBI Counseling and Richmont Community Counseling Centers in Chattanooga. These centers offer counseling and mental health services to children, adults, families and groups of all walks of life, regardless of their insurance status.

Hugh Huffaker and family
Hugh Huffaker and family

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