GBGM Director of Communications to Serve as Guest Speaker for Wiley College 'Founder's Day' Festivities


Dr. Larry R. Hygh, Jr. will serve as the guest speaker at Ebenezer UMC in Marshall, Texas, Sunday, March 11, at 11 a.m., kicking off the 139th Wiley College Founders Observance week-long celebration scheduled for March 11-17.


Dr. Hygh is the Associate General Secretary, Director of Communications for the General Board of Global Ministries of the United Methodist Church in New York, NY. Prior to Global Ministries he was a United Methodist communicator for Southern California, Hawaii, Guam, and Saipan, as well as New England, Mississippi, and the Baltimore/Washington, D.C. area. 


Before earning a Doctorate of Education from Pepperdine University in Organizational Leadership in 2008, he received an undergraduate and master’s degree from Stephen F. Austin State University in Nacogdoches, TX, in Radio/Television and Mass Communications. 


A lifelong United Methodist and fifth-generation Methodist, Dr. Hygh is a former member of Ebenezer United Methodist Church, the home church of Wiley College.  Hygh currently resides in Harlem and attends New Day United Methodist Church in Bronx, NY.  He is the son of Mr. Larry Hygh, Sr., Wiley College Assistant Women’s Basketball Coach, and Mrs. Sharon Hygh.


About Wiley College

Wiley College is a four-year, private, historically black, liberal arts college located on the west side of Marshall, Texas. Founded in 1873 by the Methodist Episcopal Church's Bishop Isaac Wiley and certified in 1882 by the Freedman's Aid Society, it is notable as one of the oldest predominantly black colleges west of the Mississippi River.


The College is currently organized into three degree granting divisions and one service unit; the Division of Arts and Sciences, the Division of Education, the Division of Business and Technology and the Division of General Education and Special Studies.  The latter division, although not degree granting, is responsible for the College’s general education and developmental education programs, and provides initial support and advisement to freshmen and transfer students.


Overall, Wiley College remains a viable force in the academic community.  The institution continues to be a leader in innovation.  It was the first “Thinkpad College” west of the Mississippi River.  This initiative afforded all students the opportunity to use a laptop in their daily class work.  This type of technolically advanced classroom allows students to become more proficient in the use of technology by obtaining class assignments, tests, and research projects via the internet of a “24/7” basis.


For the last 135 years, Wiley has offered educational opportunities to the citizens of Texas, the nation and the world.  The beacon light that is Wiley College will shine forth unsullied for generations to come and the insightful vision of years past that made Wiley College a preeminent Black college in the south is alive and well.


For more information about festivities for Founder’s Day, contact Karen Bright, Director of Church Relations, at (903) 927-3391 or


Wiley College is a historically Black, baccalaureate degree-granting institution affiliated with the United Methodist Church.