Dr. Gregory A. Hudnall is a former high school principal and associate superintendent with the Provo City School District. He has been involved with suicide prevention for the past twenty-five years. Dr. Hudnall is the founder of HOPE4UTAH, a non-profit, community-based organization dedicated to suicide prevention, intervention, and postvention. The school-based program, Hope Squad, has been responsible for over 2,500 students referred for
help and over 300 hospitalized. His Hope Squad program is now in over 800 schools around the world.
For over fifteen years Dr. Hudnall has led a state-wide volunteer suicide crisis team that has responded to over fifty-four youth suicides. Dr. Hudnall has presented at over 100 national and state conferences on suicide, bullying, connectedness, community collaboration, and making schools a safe place for students.
Dr. Hudnall was invited to testify before the United States Surgeon General on suicide in Utah. He has presented to the U.S. Department of Health and at the national conferences of the American Psychiatric Association and the American Association of Suicidology. Dr. Hudnall was also invited to participate in a webinar on African Americans and suicide by the White House. He has trained over 50,000 in suicide prevention, intervention, and postvention. He has presented across the United States and three countries on suicide prevention, including to the Minister of Education for Madrid, Spain.
Dr. Hudnall is considered one of the leading experts in community and school-based suicide prevention,
intervention and postvention. He lives by the mantra, “while it takes a village to raise a child, it takes an entire
community to save one.”
Dr. Hudnall has been an adjunct professor for Brigham Young University for 15 years and was named as adjunct
professor of the year in 2013. He has been recognized for his work with youth including receiving the “Silver
Beaver” from the Boy Scouts of America for training over 750 scout leaders in suicide prevention. He also received the “Utah County” medal of honor for his work in making Utah a better place to serve. As a high school principal, Dr. Hudnall was named as “Educator of the Year” in Utah and recognized as one of the top administrators in the country.