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Billy Hughes named new Georgia Agricultural Education program manager

The Georgia Department of Education has named Billy Hughes program manager for agricultural education, which oversees the state’s FFA program.

Hughes, who has served as the principal at Effingham County High School since 2016, succeeds Chip Bridges, who stepped down in June after nine years on the job. Hughes starts on Oct. 15, according to an Aug. 24 memo to the state’s agriculture teachers from Georgia Career, Technical and Agricultural Education (CTAE) Director Barbara Wall. 

A native of Bryan County, Hughes started his teaching career in 1990 at Effingham County High School, where he taught agriculture until 2001, when he became the Central Region Area forestry instructor. He returned to ECHS as agriculture teacher, which he continued until 2006. From 2006 to 2011, he worked as CTAE supervisor for Effingham County Schools. He was principal for Effingham County Middle School from 2011 to 2016.

Hughes, who lives in Rincon, has a bachelor’s degree in agriculture education from the University of Georgia, a master’s degree in ag education from Clemson University and a specialist degree in educational administration and supervision from Lincoln Memorial University.