Three men have received recognition in their professions.

Gary H. Hughes will be the University of Utah's associate vice president for health sciences.Hughes has worked under five vice presidents. He was hired by the U. in 1969 as a financial analyst and transferred to the School of Medicine in 1974.

"Gary Hughes is a true stabilizing influence in the office of the vice president for health sciences," said William A. Gay Jr. "He is talented, knowledgeable and fiercely loyal to the University of Utah and its health sciences institutions. He is a right arm and good portion of the left to the vice president."

Hughes' primary responsibilities will be to help oversee finances and administrative matters for the Health Sciences Center. He is also involved with faculty recruitment and appointments.

Hughes holds three degrees from the U., including a doctorate in higher education administration. He is a certified public accountant and a member of the Hospital Financial Management Association. "It's a real honor to work for a place you feel good about," he said.

Ronald L. Stephens, of the local Intermountain Hypnosis Center, has been elected vice-president of the National Society of Hypnotherapists.

Stephens, who holds a doctorate in metaphysical science, is the founder of Turning Point seminars. In addition to his practice, he gives seminars on weight control, stress management, meditation, non-verbal communication and smoking cessation.

He is a member of the International Hypnosis Hall of Fame, and a minister of the Metaphysical Science Ministry.

The National Association of County Agricultural Agents has awarded Larry Sagers, Utah State University Extension horticulturist and Deseret News garden columnist, two awards at its 75th annual meeting in Seattle, Wash.

Sagers received third place national honors for a feature story published by the Deseret News last fall. The article was about Sagers' departing co-worker and former garden writer Duane Hatch and was selected from more than 1,500 entries in the NACAA communications contest.

The NACAA also honored Sagers for his water quality protection program, which was selected as the outstanding entry in the Western United States for environmental protection in the use of pesticides.

Sagers hosts the popular KSL Radio Greenhouse show and it was selected by the NACAA as one of the two top agriculture related shows in the Western United States.