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Dr. Frank G. Pogue

President's Report (11/2014 - 02/2016)


Dr. Frank G. Pogue, a proven leader with over 50 years of experience in higher education, is Cheyney University of Pennsylvania’s Interim President, selected by the Board of Governors of Pennsylvania’s State System of Higher Education. The former president of Edinboro University of Pennsylvania was the first African American to serve as president of a traditionally white university in the state of Pennsylvania. He retired in June as president of Grambling State University, a historically black university in Louisiana.

While Dr. Pogue was President of Edinboro, the university experienced unprecedented growth and advancement in academic programs, graduate enrollment, campus facilities and fundraising. When he retired in 2007, the university paid tribute to Dr. Pogue by naming its newly constructed student center in his honor. His outstanding accomplishments also earned him the title of President Emeritus of Edinboro University and an Honorary Doctorate of Public Service.

Prior to coming to Edinboro, Dr. Pogue served as Interim President at the State University of New York at Cobleskill. After retiring from Edinboro, he served as Interim President of Chicago State University. Over the course of his career, Dr. Pogue has held many other prominent academic positions, including Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs and Special Programs at the State University of New York, the largest and most complex system of 64 campuses in the United States. In addition, he is Chairman of the Millennium Leadership Initiative, a unique professional development program which prepares qualified women and minorities for presidential and other senior level executive positions. Dr. Pogue is also a member of the American Association of State Colleges and Universities.

Dr. Pogue is using his experience and vision to build on the successes of Cheyney University while working with all constituencies to move the University forward and prepare it for new presidential leadership.

Dr. Pogue earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in sociology from Alabama State University, a Master of Arts degree in sociology from Atlanta University and a Doctor of Philosophy degree from the University of Pittsburgh. He and his wife, Dorothy, reside in New Castle, Delaware.