Honors College Receives $1 Million Dollar Deanship
(Left to right) Maj. Gen. William G. Bowdon, LSU Foundation President, CEO; Dr. Nancy Clark, Dean; Roger Houston Ogden; Roger Hadfield "Field" Ogden; Astrid Merget, Exec. Vice Chancellor, Provost; Michael Martin, Chancellor; Photo: Scott Madere
On Tuesday, March 16, the LSU Honors College and the Forever LSU campaign recognized longtime supporter Roger Houston Ogden at a special ceremony at the historic LSU French House.
Ogden's vision and generosity toward the Honors College's students, faculty and staff was most recently exemplified by his gift to create a $1 million professorship, providing endowed support to the dean of the Honors College. Named the Roger H. Ogden Deanship, this gift was given in honor of Ogden's son, Roger Hadfield "Field" Ogden.
A 1968 business graduate of LSU, Ogden has provided a lifetime of service to the university, beginning with his role as president of the Student Government Association and continuing into his professional life through his involvement with multiple colleges at LSU.
In addition to the Honors College, Ogden has also supported the E. J. Ourso College of Business and the College of Art & Design. A member of the LSU Board of Supervisors from 1991-2004, Ogden also served as the board's chair from 2003-04. In 1998, he was elected to the LSU Alumni Hall of Distinction.
"As Louisianans, one of the most important things we can do for the future of the state is to support the flagship university and, in particular, the Honors College," said Ogden. "The number one investment we can make is in our youth, who will inherit the reins of leadership of the state. The LSU Honors College is our best bet for keeping the very best and brightest in Louisiana. It is these youngsters who qualify to go to the Harvards, Stanfords or Dukes that we most desire to keep in Louisiana; and who, together with LSU, will lead this state to unimaginable heights in this new century."
Created in 1992, the LSU Honors College is a four-year residential college comprised of 1,500 of LSU's highest achieving students. The college has a selective admissions program, requiring a minimum of a 30 ACT score and 3.5 grade points average, and serves students in all majors. The LSU Honors College serves this diverse student population with dynamic interaction through outstanding instruction, innovative research and public service.
"The goals of the LSU Honors College go beyond academic excellence," said Nancy Clark, dean of the LSU Honors College. "The Honors College experience fosters community and develops leaders in an environment that challenges and enlightens. There is certainly no better example for our students and faculty to emulate than Roger Ogden, who consistently provides the type of leadership that impacts learning across LSU's campus. Roger is a person who believes in our university community and he strengthens our Honors College in profound and meaningful ways."
Ogden resides in New Orleans and currently owns Ogden Development and Investments, which specializes in commercial real estate development. He is also a founding partner of Stirling Properties.