K. E. "Skip" Hughes II, Ph.D.

Director & Professor

Professor Hughes is a native of Birmingham Alabama. Appointed to the U.S. Naval Academy, he graduated with the Class of 1966, immediately entered the Navy’s flight training program and was one of the first members of his Annapolis class to win his wings. As a Naval Flight Officer, he recorded over 3000 hours and 800 carrier landings in reconnaissance and attack aircraft, and participated in combat operations over Viet Nam and Lebanon. He commanded Attack Squadron 85 and the NROTC unit, University of Virginia.

Receiving an MBA from the University of South Carolina early in his naval career, Professor Hughes subsequently served in a number of financial positions when not on flying assignments. He is a Certified Government Financial Manager with over ten years of public sector experience in budget justification and execution, financial and cost accounting, and controllership. In addition to assignments in financial management, Professor Hughes served in educational positions including: Assistant Professor of Naval Science, NROTC Unit, University of South Carolina; Navy Instructor, Professional Military Comptrollership Course, Maxwell AFB; and Professor of Naval Science and Commanding Officer, NROTC Unit, University of Virginia.

After a 26-year naval career, Professor Hughes retired as a Captain (USN), and entered the Ph.D. program at the University of Georgia. He graduated in 1996 and joined the LSU faculty in 1997. He was promoted to Associate Professor with tenure in August 2002, and he served as Interim Accounting Department Chair for 2003-2004 and as Associate Dean of the E.J. Ourso College of Business from July 2004 until August 2008. He became the Director of the School of Accountancy and Professor of Accounting at the University of Southern Mississippi on July 1, 2009.

Professor Hughes’ primary research interests include environmental costs, the valuation of nonfinancial information, and economic policy and accounting issues related to the electric utilities industry. He has over fifty published articles appearing in academic, pedagogical, and professional journals: these journals include The Accounting Review; Accounting, Organizations and Society; Journal of Business Finance & Accounting; Issues in Accounting Education; Advances in Accounting; the Journal of Information Systems, and the Oil, Gas & Energy Quarterly. Professor Hughes’ teaching interests include managerial and cost accounting. His hobbies are running and military history with a focus on the War Between the States.

Professor Hughes is married to the former Carol Maxwell Daniel of Orlando, Florida. They have two daughters: Elizabeth Hughes Hartigan, who recently joined Proskauer Rose LLP and is responsible for the business development of the firm's corporate practices division in Boston; Sarah Hughes is a fashion designer at Judd Waddell in New York City.

Academic and Professional Interests
Market responses to accounting information; environmental costs and disclosures; issues affecting electric utilities; pedagogy and assessment.

Professional Honors and Achievements
Professor Hughes is a retired naval officer and a Certified Government Financial Manager (CGFM). He has published in several scholarly journals, including The Accounting Review, Accounting, Organizations and Society, Journal of Business Finance & Accounting, Issues in Accounting Education, Journal of Information Systems, and the Journal of Forensic Accounting. Additionally, Hughes has published over 40 articles on the electric utility industry. He has been honored in receiving the Sigma Phi Epsilon Outstanding Professor Award in 2007 and the C. Brenner Endowed Faculty Research Award in 2000 and 2002.