Hogan has served as President of Tougaloo College since May 2002. She is the 13th president and first woman to lead this historic institution. She has a long and distinguished career as a public administrator, educator, community leader and humanitarian. Prior to her college presidency, Hogan had more than twenty-five years of executive-level management experience which has shaped her world view and understanding of diverse issues. Her work as a mental health professional, government official and college administration, her public speeches, her public works, and her community service address issues of economic and social justice, civil democracy and racial and gender equity. She has been a Toll Fellow and a Public Scholar with the Kettering Foundation. She was also affiliated with the National Governors Association and its work with the German Marshall Fund to study employment and training programs in West Germany, Denmark and Sweden.
Under her leadership, new degree programs in mass communications, hotel and hospitality management, and religious studies have been added at Tougaloo. A new Honors Program and three centers have been established – the Center for Undergraduate Research, the Center for Continuing and Online Education, and the Center for Civic Engagement and Social Responsibility-as well as an Office of International Affairs. The College was designated as a Center of Excellence in National Transportation Security by the U. S. Department of Homeland Security as well as one of seven national institutions selected to participate in the Campus Resilience Project. Significant technological improvements have been made, including campus-wide connectivity, smart classrooms, wireless networks and the installation of an integrated information management system. Campus renovations and the construction of the new Bennie G. Thompson Academic and Civil Rights Research Center have transformed the living and learning environment.
An engaged citizen, Hogan has served on the boards of a myriad of nonprofit organizations, community foundations and corporations. She has also served on the board of directors for various higher education organizations, the Council of Independent Colleges, National Association for Independent Colleges and Universities, and UNCF. She serves on President Obama’s Board of Advisors for HBCUs, NAFEO, and the Advisory Council for the National Institutes of Health/National Heart Blood Lung Institute and the Department of Defense’s National Multidisciplinary Committee. A practitioner and scholar, 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, Race and Gender.
Hogan holds an undergraduate degree in psychology from Tougaloo College, a master degree in public policy and administration from Jackson State University, She has done doctoral study at Fielding Graduate University in human and organization development and additional study at Harvard University and at Oxford University in England. She is the recipient of honorary doctorates from Wiley, Rust and Benedict Colleges and Brown University.