Terry Hogan discusses his experience in student affairs and considers a new position
Terry Hogan was recently named the new acting vice president for student affairs by Ohio University President Hugh Sherman following the decision of former acting vice president Jenny Hall-Jones to leave. WHERE.
Hogan has years of experience serving as a former vice president of student affairs at the University of Northern Iowa as well as dean of student emeritus at OU.
Almost three weeks after taking office, The post office sat down with Hogan to discuss his past experiences serving as an OU administrator, why he came out of retirement, and what goals he plans to pursue while the search for a VP Permanent President of Student Affairs continues.
The Post: What experience do you have as student affairs administrator and dean of students at OU?
Hogan: I actually came to OU as a sophomore in 1974. (I) did my undergrad here, and while I was here…I got involved in campus life. The group that is now the University Program Council (it) was previously the Center Program Council; I was involved in that. (I was involved in) our Student Senate, the Student Activities Commission, which allocated funds to organizations, (and) I had a job at WOUB and later at the Baker (University) Center. When I finished my degree, which was in Broadcast Communication, I had come to the conclusion that I didn’t want to move to New York or Los Angeles… so I ended up coming back to get a degree in grad school, also in communications, and began working in student affairs. I started out as a graduate assistant (and) advisor to the Center Program Board, which is now UPC, and then got a retail services management position at Baker Center. Then (I) became assistant director of the Baker Center, then director of student activities and (held) a sequence of positions until I left here in 2007 to become vice president of student affairs at the University of the North from Iowa. At that time, I was the dean of students here. I held this position for about nine years before leaving.
TP: Why are you interested in student affairs?
Hogan: There are a few pieces. The first part is this: Who wouldn’t want to work on a college campus with bright, capable students around you all day? It’s a great environment. The thing is, even though someone like me gets a year older every year, students still kind of stay the same and keep you energized or engaged with life and campus life. Second, (there are) always great people to work with. The third thing is that when I graduated, I knew I wanted to do something that I thought was important, but I wasn’t sure what it was. Then I found this, and I thought it was really important.
TP: What do you think of your position as Acting Vice President of Student Affairs?
Hogan: I’m really excited about this. This is a once in a lifetime opportunity to come back to a place where I spent many years in a different perspective and in a different chair and be able to help in times of transition… Transitions always have the potential to be disruptive. I think the way President Sherman handled it really understates (it).
TP: What inspired you to come out of retirement and take on the role of acting vice president of student affairs?
Hogan: The timing, just by chance, (worked). I went through a lot of transitions in my family, my kids getting married and having grandkids, and (I) went through that five year period (where) that was all I did. The reason, basically, why I did it was definitely the fact that I was here in Athens, and I could just come and do it without having to move and pack my bags… made it viable. But I did it because I thought it was important. I have a love for the community and the campus, and when the president (Sherman) said he needed help…I said I would.
TP: What do you plan to accomplish during your time at OU?
Hogan: Three things will be most significant. One will be to deal with this particular transition right now, settle in and deal with the things that Dr. Hall-Jones had provided leadership on, and then deal with the transition into the office of Dean of Students. Second, our focus must be on the student experience. What’s happening for students right now, and what are we doing to improve that? As we continue in this COVID-19 environment, it’s a challenge for everyone. It’s especially important that we continue to focus on students and their support during COVID-19, because (it) continues. We will continue to be creative (in) trying to help students get the most out of the experience. The third thing will be to help the student affairs people plan. Even though some key people have left, that doesn’t mean their plans for the future don’t need to come to fruition. We want to make sure that as President (Sherman) is looking to hire a permanent Vice President for Student Affairs, we want the place ready for that person. We want to have plans in place, and we will have maintained the things that we are doing, but we want new things on the horizon.