Dr. Beverly Wade Hogan


Dr. Beverly Wade Hogan has a long and distinguished career as a public administrator, educator, community leader and humanitarian. She has served as President at Tougaloo College since May 2002. She is the first woman and the 13th president to lead this historic institution. Prior to her college presidency, Hogan had more than twenty-five years of executive level management experience as a mental health administrator, state government official and college administrator. She has been an adjunct faculty in administrative law, public policy and leadership, and a guest lecturer in policy analysis and women studies seminars. She was a Public Scholar with the Kettering Foundation where her research focus was Higher Education and Civic Responsibility and a Toll Fellow with the Council of State Governments. She was also affiliated with the German Marshall Fund to study education, employment and training programs in West Germany, Denmark and Sweden.

Under her leadership, new undergraduate degree programs in mass communications, hotel and hospitality management, and religious studies as well as two graduate degree programs have been added. A new Honors Program and four centers have been established—the Center for Undergraduate Research, the Center for Continuing Education, the Center for Civic Engagement and Social Responsibility and the Center for International Studies and Global Change. The College was designated as a Center of Excellence in Transportation Security by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and later selected to participate in its Campus Resilience Pilot Program. Major campus renovations and technological improvements have been made, including the construction of the Bennie G. Thompson Academic and Civil Rights Research Center, campus wide connectivity, smart classrooms, wireless networks, a new comprehensive information management system and telecommunications system. The College has also become the owner of a commercial television station, WLOO.

She earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology from Tougaloo College, a Master degree in public policy and administration from Jackson State University and doctoral study in human and organization development with a concentration in organizational leadership at Fielding Graduate University. She has done additional professional study at Harvard University and Oxford University in Oxford, England. She holds honorary doctorates from Brown University and Wiley, Rust, Benedict Colleges. She also has professional training in administrative law, urban administration, human resources management and financial management.

She has served on the board of directors for various higher education organizations, including the Council of Independent Colleges, National Association for Independent Colleges and Universities and NAFEO. She currently serves on President Barack Obama’s Board of Advisors for HBCUs, the Advisory Council for the National Institutes of Health/National Heart Blood Lung Institute and the Department of Defense’s National Multidisciplinary Committee for the HBCU/MIs and the board of directors for UNCF. Locally and regionally, she serves on the board of directors for the Jackson Medical Mall Foundation, the Amistad Research Center and Rand’s Gulf State Policy Institute.

Hogan has written and published several professional articles, including “A Dissonance Analysis of the Vietnam War”;Comparable Worth: The Issue of Pay Equity”; “Public Policy Implications for HIV-AIDS in the Workplace”; “Higher Education and Civic Responsibility”; “Jobs and Economic Growth” and is a contributing author for a textbook published in 2008, Leadership and Public Service. She has received extensive recognition for her trailblazing contributions.

She is a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, National Coalition of 100 Black Women and The Links, Inc. She and her husband, Marvin, have two adult sons and six grandchildren.