Dr. Floyd Hogue began his community college journey right out of Reedley CA high school when he enrolled in Reedley Junior College. He was a member of the first graduating class at the new college campus (which had been part of the high school for years). After graduating from Reedley he transferred to San Jose State College for one year and then to Fresno State College and earned a bachelor’s degree in chemistry. The summer after his graduation from Fresno, while working a summer job at Reedley College as a lifeguard, he was offered a job to fill a teaching vacancy in the drafting program. This began a 26 year career at Reedley.
While at Reedley College he earned his master’s degree in education from Fresno State and a Ph.D. in Chemistry from the University of the Pacific. During his tenure at Reedley, he taught drafting and chemistry, and served as a Division Dean, Dean of Instruction and Dean of Administrative Services. At one point during his years at Reedley, he went to Feather River College as Dean of Instruction only to be called back to Reedley after two years.
In 1988, Dr. Hogue accepted the Presidency of New River College, a community college in Virginia. After a three-year stint there he returned to California in 1991 to become President of Mission College in Santa Clara and in 1994 became President / Superintendent of Ohlone College. Dr. Hogue retired in 2003, after nine years of service at Ohlone and 42 years in community college teaching and administration. Upon retirement, he was granted Emeritus status.
As President / Superintendent of Ohlone, Dr. Hogue demonstrated strategic thinking and planning for the long-term good of the college. In accordance to the Facilities Master Plan, he provided leadership and direction on obtaining significant state funding for facilities projects. These included the Site Safety Project, the Hyman Hall Building, and the Child Development Building. The successful completion of these projects paved the way for locally funded future building projects for the college.
A hallmark of Dr. Hogue’s time at Ohlone was the development of partnerships with the community. A significant community partnership involved a contract with Washington Hospital to establish and operate a Student Health Center. This collaboration continues to this day providing excellent health services for Ohlone students.
Another example of important community partnership was with the City of Newark. Working with Newark community leaders and the Board of Trustees, Dr. Hogue led the drive to increase the program and course offerings at the Newark Ohlone Center in the leased space of the former McGregor Middle School. From 1995 to 1998 enrollments at the center tripled. This led to the strategic decision to build a second Ohlone campus to be located in Newark. Dr. Hogue provided the leadership in the 2001 passage of the $150 million Measure A bond issue; $100 million of which would fund the new campus in Newark an $50 million would fund the building of a new Student Services Center, as well as other improvements, on the Fremont Campus. Both major projects would eventually be successfully completed; the Newark Campus in 2009 and the Student Services Center in 2009.
Dr. Hogue used his excellent analytical abilities to assist the college in keeping with the Ohlone College mission. His vision as a leader was consistently in line with the college’s goals and objectives. His professionalism and mutual respect were the hallmarks of his relationship with the Board of Trustees.
Dr. Hogue was the 2002 recipient of the Harry Buttimer Distinguished Administrator Award, the oldest and most prestigious award of the Association of California Community College Association. The award recognizes recipients who demonstrate the qualities of integrity; principle; compassion; strength in leadership; contributions to colleagues and the profession; and contributions to the college district and community.
Dr. Hogue’s legacy lives on in the buildings and facilities improvements he enabled, and in the fiscal strength of the district he ensured. But also, and perhaps more importantly, is the respect he garnered for Ohlone College in the community as an excellent educational institution. Dr. Hogue was a product of the community colleges and devoted his career to their mission.