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H. Patrick Swygert

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Occupation(s):
University President

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3/17/1943
Birth Location:
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

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Biography

Born on March 17, 1943, in Philadelphia, to Gustina and Leroy Huzzy, H. Patrick Swygert spent his youth and much of his adult life in his hometown. After high school, Swygert enrolled at Howard University, where he earned his B.A. degree in history in 1965. Swygert remained at Howard for law school, earning his J.D. degree with honors in 1968. Swygert served as an administrative assistant to Representative Charles Rangel before returning to his hometown. In 1972, Swygert received an assistant professorship at Temple University Law School, and later served as acting dean. Swygert then worked as counsel to the U.S. Civil Service Commission for two years prior to returning to Temple University, where he served as special counsel to the university president. Swygert then was hired on as a member of the faculty at Temple University's School of Law. During his career as a professor, Swygert worked abroad several times as a visiting lecturer; he taught law in Israel, Ghana, Egypt, Greece, and Italy, and also collaborated with the Hungarian Ministry of Higher Education.

In 1990, Swygert became president of the State University of New York at Albany and in 1995, Swygert returned to his alma mater, Howard University, to become its president.

Swygert was named Washingtonian of the Year by the Washingtonian for his leadership of the Howard University-Fannie Mae LeDroit Park Community Revitalization Project; an initiative that created forty new homes for the university's use. Swygert was also an adept fundraiser for Howard University during his tenure.

In addition to his academic duties, Swygert served as a director of Fannie Mae and the United Technologies Corporation; he also served on the boards of several agencies concerned with community development and minority higher education. President Bill Clinton appointed Swygert as chairman of one of six new branches of Business-LINC (Learning, Information, Networking and Collaboration). Swygert and his wife raised two children.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - H. Patrick Swygert gives his mother's background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - H. Patrick Swygert gives his father's background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - H. Patrick Swygert tells how his parents met
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - H. Patrick Swygert talks about his siblings
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - H. Patrick Swygert recalls an early memory of his eldest sister
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - H. Patrick Swygert describes his childhood home
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - H. Patrick Swygert remembers the vibrant music scene in Philadelphia during his youth
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - H. Patrick Swygert describes his personality as a youth
  • Tape: 1 Story: 10 - H. Patrick Swygert explains how his parents influenced him
  • Tape: 1 Story: 11 - H. Patrick Swygert talks about his experiences in elementary school and middle school
  • Tape: 1 Story: 12 - H. Patrick Swygert explains how he was encouraged to excel scholastically
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - H. Patrick Swygert talks about being elected president of his middle school class
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - H. Patrick Swygert discusses the presence of music in his youth
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - H. Patrick Swygert talks about his multicultural upbringing
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - H. Patrick Swygert describes his aspirations following high school
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - H. Patrick Swygert remembers meeting Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - H. Patrick Swygert explains his decision to attend Howard University
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - H. Patrick Swygert describes his early opinions of Washington, D.C.
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - H. Patrick Swygert describes dealing with his father's death
  • Tape: 2 Story: 9 - H. Patrick Swygert expresses interest in reclaiming his youth
  • Tape: 2 Story: 10 - H. Patrick Swygert discusses his influential colleagues and professors at Howard University, Washington, D.C.
  • Tape: 2 Story: 11 - H. Patrick Swygert describes the social climate of Howard University in the early 1960s
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - H. Patrick Swygert talks about influential professors and colleagues at Howard University
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - H. Patrick Swygert explains his decision to go to Howard University School of Law
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - H. Patrick Swygert talks about his research of Marcus Garvey
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - H. Patrick Swygert discusses his first year at Howard University School of Law
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - H. Patrick Swygert remembers his professors at Howard University School of Law
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - H. Patrick Swygert describes his involvement with the Ford Foundation
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - H. Patrick Swygert speaks about his summer jobs during college
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - H. Patrick Swygert discusses his experience as a law clerk to Chief Judge William Henry Hastie
  • Tape: 3 Story: 9 - H. Patrick Swygert talks about working at the Debevoise, Plimpton, Lyons, and Gates law firm
  • Tape: 3 Story: 10 - H. Patrick Swygert tells of his relationship with U.S. Congressman Charles Rangel
  • Tape: 3 Story: 11 - H. Patrick Swygert mentions some politicians he met in New York, New York
  • Tape: 3 Story: 12 - H. Patrick Swygert summarizes his professional career