Dr. Beverly Hogan, President of Tougaloo College addressed the Rotary Club of Jackson.



Monday, February 12, 2018


Brooks Buchanan, Rotary president and assistant general council, C Spire, called the meeting to order and welcomed everyone.  The invocation was given, the pledge of allegiance and four-way test were recited and guests and visiting Rotarians were welcomed.

Rise Against Hunger (formerly Stop Hunger Now) will be held March 3 from 9:00 to Noon at the Ag Museum, where we always meet, to pack at least 30,000 meals.  We will be joined by the North Jackson  Rotary Club. Bring family, friends, school groups, scouts and others.  For more information contact Keith Ferguson at keith@LogoStoreUSA.com or 601-924-5355.

Leroy Walker introduced Dr. Beverly Hogan, the 13th president of Tougaloo College and the its first female president.  She has served as president for 16 years. Tougaloo was founded in 1869 by the American Missionary Association, right after the civil war, to educate those who had recently been freed from slavery.  It was located on 500 acres the AMA purchased from a plantation owner. They work together with Millsaps and with Jackson State University to build better communities in Jackson.  A college graduate will earn $1 million more than if they were not a college graduate.  They learn how to think and get along with people.  They learn so much more than just how to get a job.  They become informed citizens that build better communities and have a better quality of life.  Tougaloo provides 552 jobs and is responsible for adding $42 million annually into the greater Jackson area economy.

Tougaloo will celebrate its 150th anniversary in the fall of 2019.  The east part of County Line Road should be connected to the west part of County Line Road soon providing excellent opportunities for economic development. One of the trends is that more adult students who are working are attending Tougaloo.  More students are transferring from other schools to meet their educational needs.  Students want new modern dorms.  They reach out into the community to enhance the quality of life of those around them, and to make our world a better place.  They have a 54% graduation rate.  Eighty-five percent of their students are Pell eligible.  They draw from the public schools.

To illustrate how Tougaloo graduates are making a difference in the world, she specifically mentioned two: Hakeem Oluseyi, a physics major who is from a poor community in rural Mississippi has worked in Silicon Valley and has eight U. S. patents and four E.U. patents for his inventions now found in computer chips.  He is a professor at the Florida Institute of Technology and a frequent contributor to the Discovery Channel and National Geographic.  Read more about Hakeem at

She also mentioned Angel Byrd, MD, PhD, a Gates Millennium Scholar, UNCF / Merck Fellow, and more, who published a research paper in the highly esteemed Journal of Immunology.  Read more about Dr. Byrd at https://news.brown.edu/articles/2013/04/byrd.  She is an Ethnic Skin Fellow at Johns Hopkins University.

-Monday, February 19 is Presidents’ Day and there will be no meeting