H. Patrick Swygert
H. Patrick Swygert is President Emeritus of Howard University and the State University of New York (SUNY) at Albany and former Executive Vice President of Temple University. Recipient of nine honorary doctorate degrees, Mr. Swygert began his career in higher education at Temple University where he was a Law School professor and Interim Dean of the Law School.
For nearly two decades, Mr. Swygert was a Director of United Technologies Corporation (UTC) and Director of The Hartford Financial Services Group, Inc. (HFGS). Mr. Swygert has been appointed to federal commissions by U.S. President George H. W. Bush and President Bill Clinton. Additionally, he held consecutive terms as a member of the National Security Agency (NSA) Advisory Board and Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) External Advisory Board. Since 2018, Mr. Swygert has served as a McDonald Character Leadership Conference (MCLC) Senior Fellow at the United States Military Academy at West Point.
Mr. Swygert earned his undergraduate and J.D. degrees at Howard University graduating first in his Law School class. He has taught as a Visiting Professor in Ghana, Egypt, Israel, Jordan, Greece, Italy, and Hungary. Mr. Swygert's op-ed articles about college affordability and access have been published by the New York Times, Washington Post and Philadelphia Inquirer and his numerous scholarly articles and book chapters about higher education law and corporate law have been published in top-tier research journals. He has appeared on CNN, PBS and NBC discussing education equity and was honored as Educator of the Year by the NAACP, Congressional Black Caucus (CBC), and National Urban League.
Mr. Swygert is a Founding Member of the Advisory Council for the Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of African American History and Culture (NMAAHC). The Council raised $380 million for the museum’s establishment, thus distinguishing this effort as the most successful capital campaign ever waged by the Smithsonian Institution. The NMAAHC is the world's third busiest museum.