Autry Technology Center’s Superintendent/CEO Dwight R. Hughes began his current role in July 2021. Hughes started his career teaching drafting at Indian Meridian Vo-Tech School, which later became Meridian Technology Center, for two years before being named the Administrative Intern. After serving as an intern, Hughes continued his career as Director of Daytime & Full-Time Adult Programs.

Hughes was then named Assistant Superintendent at Northwest Technology Center for 8 years before moving to High Plains Technology Center as Deputy Superintendent which included vision building and implementation with all Directors and Full-time instructors preceding his responsibilities as superintendent of HPTC, where he had been since 2011. During his 29 years of CareerTech experience, he has worked in all the major divisions of a technology center.

Growing up on a farm in NW Oklahoma, Hughes graduated as the valedictorian from Freedom High School. He attended Northwestern Oklahoma State University for two years before transferring to Oklahoma State University and completing a Bachelor of Science degree and a Master of Science degree.

Hughes currently serves as President of the Oklahoma Career Tech Foundation Board, a member of the National Council of Local Administrators Board (NCLA), the Oklahoma CareerTech Advisory Council (CTAC), St. Mary’s Regional Medical Center Board of Governors, Enid Rotary, Enid Chamber of Commerce, Autry Foundation, and Grand National Quail Club. While in Woodward, Hughes served on the Woodward Industrial Foundation Board, Woodward Chamber of Commerce board, Woodward Community Foundation Board, NW Oklahoma Red Cross Board, and was a Member of Leadership Oklahoma Class XXIII.