Edward "Ned" Hughes grew up on the East Side in St. Francis de Sales Parish. Ned was the third of three brothers to attend Mount Carmel, following in the footsteps of Ralph '57 and Marty '66. He and his wife Celine are parents to four children - Ryan, Cara, Erin, and Patrick - as well as five grandchildren.
Ned graduated from the University of Illinois with a degree in Accounting. He also holds an MBA from the University of Chicago. The new president served in a broad and impressive range of leadership positions during his 38 year career at Motorola, Inc. Beginning in 1976 as a Manufacturing Accounting Analyst, Ned quickly rose through the ranks. He retired in February 2015 as Corporate Vice President for Finance, Asia and Middle East. Ned previously served as a member of the Board of Directors and Chair of the Finance Committee at Mount Carmel.
A Message from Ned Hughes '70
On behalf of the Mount Carmel High School community, welcome to our website. We proudly continue our 117th year of serving young men and their families from throughout the Chicagoland area. We call upon Elijah, the spiritual father of the Carmelite Order, to inspire our young men to Live with Zeal for God, for Life, and for Learning. We also turn to Our Lady of Mount Carmel to bless and protect us all in the upcoming year.
I am encouraged by this next generation of students and faculty representing the Caravan and inspired by the Carmelites, alumni, family, and friends who continue to invest time and resources into keeping our doors open for future Men of Carmel.
Generations before me have developed a strong alumni network of more than 14,000 men of Carmel; a thriving 117 year-old academic institution that prepares young men for success in college and in life; and a storied athletic history with 23 state championships.
The next phase of Mount Carmel’s legacy brings much change; change that has already begun with the complete renovation of the third floor classrooms, improvements in the academic program with the beginning of “bring your own device”, and developments in technology fit for the unique needs of 21st century male learners.
The focus of my term as president will be to develop and execute a strategic plan that will ensure an even stronger future for Mount Carmel. Our goal will be to position our school as the premier institution for academic excellence, while we continue to be dedicated to our mission of living with Zeal for God, for life and for learning.
This is not only a new beginning for me but also for Mount Carmel, and I thank you for welcoming me back to the institution that has meant so much to me.
May Our Lady of Mount Carmel continue to bless and protect you always.
Ned Hughes '70