Beverly Hogan

President in Residence President Emerita, Tougaloo College

For 17 years, Dr. Beverly Hogan served as President of Tougaloo College. She is the first woman and the 13th president to lead this historic institution.

Dr. Hogan is often described as a visionary, an innovative and strategic thinker, and a disciplined, compassionate, firm, fair, analytical and spiritual leader. Under her leadership, new undergraduate degree programs in mass communications, hotel and hospitality management and religious studies, as well as two graduate degree programs, were added, and a new honors program and three centers were established: The Center for Undergraduate Research, The Center for Continuing/Online Education and The Center for International Studies and Global Change.

The college was also designated as a Center of Excellence in Transportation Security by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and selected as one of seven institutions to participate in the Campus Resilience Project. Significant technological improvements were made, including campus-wide connectivity, smart classrooms, wireless networks and the construction of the Bennie G. Thompson Academic and Civil Rights Research Center.

Prior to becoming president, Dr. Hogan served as the college’s interim president, vice president for institutional advancement and founding director of the Owens Health and Wellness Center. She also served as the commissioner for the Mississippi Workers’ Compensation Commission, the executive director of the Governor’s Office of Federal State Programs and the executive director of the Mental Health Association in Hinds County and the state of Mississippi, respectively. She has been an adjunct instructor in leadership and public policy at Jackson State University and a frequent guest lecturer at the University of Mississippi and Mississippi State University. Additionally, she was involved with employment and educational training programs in Denmark, Sweden and West Germany in affiliation with the German Marshall Fund. She has been a scholar with the Kettering Foundation where her research focus was higher education and civic responsibility, a participant and presenter in the Oxford Roundtable at Oxford University and a participant in leadership seminars at Harvard University.

Dr. Hogan earned her bachelor’s degree in psychology from Tougaloo College and a master’s in public policy and administration from Jackson State University. She completed additional studies in clinical psychology at the University of Southern Mississippi and the University of Georgia and engaged in further doctoral studies in human and organizational development at Fielding Graduate University. She holds honorary doctorates from Wiley, Rust and Benedict Colleges and Brown University, and has earned numerous professional certificates in leadership development, organizational management and administrative law.