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Dr. Rick Hux named Director for ASU Education Renewal Zone


Dr. Lewis “Rick” Hux, formerly of Dexter, Mo., and Director of the Southeast Missouri State University-Malden campus, has been named Director of the Education Renewal Zone (ERZ) for Arkansas State University.  Hux, who has 42 years of combined public school and higher education experience, will begin his new duties at the ERZ July 1.  

The ERZ seeks to strengthen relationships between partner schools, educational cooperatives and ASU. 

“Dr. Hux comes to this position with a rich background in education,” said Dr. Greg Meeks, interim Dean of the College of Education at ASU. “His expanded knowledge of the public school system and its relationship to all levels of postsecondary education acquired through a broad range of educational experience in public elementary, secondary schools and university level provide great depth and breadth of experience that will be of benefit to the ERZ and its partners.”   

“I am looking forward to the new position with much anticipation,” Hux said. “It will be a new challenge for me. I’m looking forward to working with the ERZ member school districts in Northeast Arkansas as well as the faculty and administration at ASU.”   

Prior to serving as director of the Malden campus of Southeast Missouri State, Hux was principal and superintendent of schools at Van Buren, Mo., for 10 years. He served as principal of Dexter High School from 1979 to 1990, principal of T.S. Hill Middle School from 1978 to 1979 and as assistant principal and math and science teacher at Dexter High School from 1972 to 1978.  Hux also served as the off-campus site administrator for Sterling (Kan.) College from 1990 to 1992, and has experience teaching at both the secondary and post-secondary levels. He has taught physics, science and math, and a variety of educational leadership coursework at the college undergraduate and graduate level. 

Hux holds a bachelor of science in education (BSE) in mathematics from Southeast Missouri State, a master of arts in teaching (MAT) in physics, an education specialist degree (Ed.S.) in educational administration from Southeast Missouri State University and a doctorate in educational leadership from Saint Louis University.

In addition to recently serving on the City Council in Dexter, Hux has served as member of the Board of the Southeast Missouri Superintendent’s Association, a member of the Missouri Association of School Administrators (MASA), the Ozarks Foothills Superintendents and the Black River League Superintendents’ Association. He has served as a Southeast Missouri State representative to the Missouri Association of Secondary School Principals (MASSP) State Board and is past president and past vice president of the Board of Directors for the Southeast Missouri Principals’ Association. He has held officer positions with the Stoddard County Principals’ Association, Southeast Missouri Phi Delta Kappa Chapter and the Southeast Missouri Activities Association. He was also a president of the Greater Poplar Bluff Area Superintendent’s Association. 

Dr. Hux and his wife Annette, along with their son Toppy who attends Nettleton Schools, reside in Jonesboro.

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