Grambling State University President Named
One of the Top African American Presidents at a University
GRAMBLING, LA — It was no surprise to Grambling State University faculty, staff and students that their president Dr. Frank G. Pogue has been named one of the top African American Presidents at a college or university in the United States. Late last week the Atlanta Post announced their top ten African American University and College presidents. Based on their selection Dr. Pogue ranked 9th on the list of presidents. The online publication stated that “Education has been touted as the universal key to success. Black educators for that reason are truly the gifts to our community and those who leads at the highest levels of education are not only to be acknowledged, but celebrated.”
Dr. Pogue, who is serving in his fourth presidency, was appointed as the eighth President of Grambling State University in June 2010, after serving for seven months as interim president. 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 has had a long and distinguished 47-year career in higher education. 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. 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 System Administration; Interim President of State University of New York at Cobleskill; Vice President for Student Affairs at State University of New York at Albany; 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.
In May of 2011 Dr. Pogue was awarded the Doctor of Humane Letters degree from the State University of New York Oswego. He also received the Doctor of Humane Letters degree from Edinboro University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Pogue earned a Ph.D. in sociology from the University of Pittsburgh, a master’s degree in sociology from Atlanta University, a bachelor’s degree in sociology from Alabama State University.
When asked how he felt about being named one of the ten Dr. Pogue stated, “It was a wonderful feeling to see my name listed among successful university presidents. Being president of a university is a special opportunity to work in the interest of students, faculty, staff and alumni. It is even more special to be President of Grambling State University, as the university celebrates its 110th birth year. Despite the small accomplishments I have been blessed to achieve, I attribute the recognition as one of the top presidents to my being President of Grambling, an internationally renowned institution.”
The following African Americans were also listed in The Atlanta Post top ten; Ruth Simmons, Brown University; Shirley Ann Jackson, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute; Carlton Brown, Clark University; Dr. Julianne Malveaux, Bennett College for Women; Dr. William R. Harvey, Hampton University; Dr. Ivory V. Nelson, Lincoln University; Reverend Dr. Robert M. Franklin, Morehouse College; Dr. Sidney A. Ribeau, Howard University; and Dr. James H. Ammons, Florida A&M University.
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