H. Patrick Swygert

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Haywood Patrick Swygert (born March 17, 1943)[1] was the president of Howard University in Washington, DC from 1995 until 2008.


H. Patrick Swygert is a graduate of South Philadelphia High School and has been inducted into the SPHS Alumni Cultural Hall of Fame. Swygert graduated from Howard University in 1965, the same year President Lyndon B. Johnson delivered his historic speech to the graduating class. He later received a J.D. degree from Howard University Law School.

Formerly president of the State University of New York at Albany, Swygert previously served as executive vice president of Temple University, where he was also a professor of law in the Temple University School of Law.

He is a law professor, member of the Commission on Presidential Elections, Alpha Phi Omega National Service Fraternity, Zeta Phi Chapter and Omega Psi Phi, Alpha Chapter.[2] Swygert resigned as president of Howard University effective June 30, 2008.


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  2. ^ Strauss, Valerie; Kinzie, Susan. "Howard's President To Retire Next Year". The Washington Post. Retrieved 2007-09-23. 

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Academic offices
Preceded by
Judith A. Ramaley (Acting)
President of University at Albany, SUNY
1990 – June 30, 1995
Succeeded by
Karen R. Hitchcock
Preceded by
Joyce A. Ladner
President of Howard University
July 1, 1995 – June 30, 2008
Succeeded by
Sidney A. Ribeau