Sean M. Hogan, C.S.Sp.
Executive Vice President for Student Life
Born at Ballingarry, Co. Limerick, Ireland, Father Hogan was raised in a family of eight. His family was in business-stores, cattle dealing and farming.
Educated at Rockwell College, Tipperary, he entered the Holy Ghost Fathers at Kilshane Novitiate, Tipperary, Ireland in September 1959. He began his Philosophy Studies at Holy Ghost College, Dublin, in 1960. He was appointed to teach at Blackrock College, Dublin in September 1962. In September 1964, he began his Theology Studies at Holy Ghost College, Dublin, and was ordained to the Priesthood in September 1967.
In October 1968, Father Hogan was appointed to work in the Archdiocese of Nairobi, Kenya, where his first appointment was Principal of Kiriku High School.
During the years 1964-68, Father Hogan was active with overseas students in Dublin and is a founding member of "The Overseas Club" in Dublin and was actively involved in Viatores Christi—a lay missionary volunteer organization which recruited and trained professional people to work in mission countries. During those years, he was the contact person in Ireland for the British Ministry for Overseas Development for recruiting professional people to work in the former British colonies.
During the Nigerian Civil War, he was involved with establishing and maintaining communication links with the Irish Missionary Personnel who were working in the civil war area.
In April 1970, he was appointed Pastor of Thika - a large industrial town, 25 miles north of Nairobi. The parish included eleven high schools, twenty-seven grade schools and two hospitals. During those years, Father Hogan built several Churches in the town of Kiambu and Tingang'a and was responsible for the development of several credit union projects and the building of the first Youth Center in Kenya -Thika Youth Center.
Due to illness, Father Hogan left Kenya in May 1975 and came to Duquesne University in August to take a sabbatical. In August 1976, he received a Masters in Education from Duquesne and was appointed Mission Representative for the Archdiocese of Nairobi in the United States. This involved the organization of an average of eighty Mission Appeals in Churches throughout the United States each year and other forms of fund raising through foundations and personal contacts.
In January 1980, he was appointed Associate Director of Development at Duquesne University with particular responsibility in the first capital campaign for the Law School Development.
In January 1982, he was appointed the first Director of the Office of International Education. This office has seen the number of international students grow from 15 to over 600 in the past twenty years.
In March 1986, Father Hogan was appointed Interim Vice President for Student Life. In 1988, Vice President for Student Life. And in November 1991, Executive Vice President for Student Life.