Office of the President
Dr. Frank G. Pogue, Ph.D.
Dr. Frank G. Pogue 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.
Dr. Pogue has been identified as the catalyst behind the grievance-to-graciousness transformation on the Edinboro University campus facilitated by his student-centered approach to campus and community leadership and his open and nurturing leadership style. He has been lauded for increasing graduate enrollment, improving campus facilities, fundraising and his campus-wide contributions to the growth and advancement of academic programs.
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.
Dr. Pogue has published extensively and is a member of numerous professional and social organizations. He is a member of the Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity and a true exemplification of academic excellence, integrity, and personal achievement of the brotherhood.
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.