Trustee Robert W. Bogle
Robert W. Bogle is president and chief executive officer of The Philadelphia Tribune, the nation’s oldest and the Greater Philadelphia region’s largest newspaper serving the African-American community. He assumed his present position in July 1989. Mr. Bogle has held other high-level positions at the newspaper including posts as advertising director (1973-1977), director of marketing (1977-1981), and executive vice president/treasurer (1981-1989).
In June 1995, Mr. Bogle completed his tenure as president of the National Newspaper Publisher’s Association (NNPA), a trade association comprising 205 Black-owned newspapers across the nation. He served as president for two terms, and is credited with increasing the awareness of and promoting African -American issues, values and lifestyles.
Mr. Bogle attended Cheyney State College (now Cheyney University) in Cheyney, Pa., where he matriculated to study Sociology, earning a B.A. in Urban Studies. From 1971 and 1970, he attended the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School of Business and Finance to study marketing and economics. Mr. Bogle also completed courses of study at Temple University in Philadelphia and the Rochester Institute of Technology in Rochester, N.Y.
Mr. Bogle is chairman of the Hospitals and Higher Education Facilities Authority of Philadelphia and serves as a commissioner of the Delaware River Port Authority. He contributes as a board member to the Zoological Society of Philadelphia, the Workforce Investment Board, and the African-American Chamber of Commerce.
Active in many professional, civic and social organizations, Mr. Bogle is chairman of the Council of Trustees at Cheyney University, serves on the executive committee of the Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce and on the boards of the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts, the Mann Music Center for the Performing Arts and The Philadelphia Tribune.
In October of 1997, Mr. Bogle was appointed as a governor to the Board of Governors of the United Way of America and board member to the Philadelphia Orchestra. In 1995, 1997 and 1999, the NNPA honored Mr. Bogle with the Russwurm Award, the highest honor to “Best Newspaper in America,” in the name of John B. Russwurm, co-founder of Freedom’s Journal, the first African-American newspaper in the U.S. (1827).
Some of his more recent board affiliations include P.R.W.T., Team Pennsylvania, West Insurance Agency, Workforce Investment, Philadanco, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Pennsylvania Newspapers Association, Temple University Health System, Greater Philadelphia Tourism Marketing Corporation, and the Philadelphia Convention and Visitors Bureau.
In June 2000, during the commencement exercises at Drexel University, an honorary doctorate of Humane Letters degree was bestowed upon Mr. Bogle. He was appointed in 2002 to the Presidential Commission to serve as a member of the National Museum of African American History and Culture Commission. Mr. Bogle is a life member of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc.
Listed in the Tribune and Philadelphia magazines as an influential Philadelphian, Mr. Bogle continues in his role as an ambassador for the great city of Philadelphia.