Dr. Pogue to receive honorary degree

Dr. Frank G. Pogue, will be awarded the Doctor of Humane Letters degree by the State University of New York Oswego during the 150th commencement May 14. During Dr. Pogue’s tenure in System Administration, Oswego made great strides in diversity.

He was instrumental in recruiting graduate students from underrepresented populations. He mentored students and helped them fulfill their potential and achieve success in the ranks of academic and administrative leadership.

“A tireless advocate for excellence, accessibility, student-centeredness and civility in higher education, Dr. Pogue has been a prominent leader in the development of collaborations between student affairs and academic affairs in order to enhance student success,” said SUNY Oswego President Deborah F. Stanley.

“We are proud to be able to honor him on SUNY’s behalf at Oswego’s 150th Commencement.”

“As SUNY’s vice chancellor for student affairs and special programs earlier in his distinguished career, he created real, transformational change to the university as a whole with his visionary leadership and collaborative style, and he established deep and lasting professional and personal connections with members of our campus community.

“We are proud to be able to honor him on SUNY’s behalf at Oswego’s 150th Commencement.”

Dr. Frank G. Pogue was appointed as the eighth president of Grambling State University in June, 2010. Dr. Pogue is a highly respected educator and administrator with a wealth of experience as an agent of positive institutional change and advancement.

Dr. Pogue’s distinguished career in higher education chronicles over 47 years. When he was selected as president of Edinboro University of Pennsylvania in 1996, he became the first African American to serve as president of a historically white university in Pennsylvania.

When he retired from Edinboro in 2007, the University paid tribute to his extraordinary leadership by naming its newly constructed student center in his honor.

His outstanding accomplishments also earned him the title of President Emeritus of Edinboro University.

After his retirement from Edinboro, Dr. Pogue served as interim president of Chicago State University (2008-2009).

Over the course of his career, Dr. Pogue has held several other prominent academic positions, including:

Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs and Special Programs at State University of New York (1986-1996); Interim President of State University of New York at Cobleskill (1992-1993); Vice President for Student Affairs at State University of New York at Albany (1983-1996); Senior Medical Research Associate at Meharry Medical College; Founder and Director of Afro-American Studies, Chatham College; and Dean of Students at Philander Smith College in Little Rock.