The Distinguished Service Award is bestowed upon an individual whose life of service has been exemplary. This honor extends beyond the circle of Penn alumni to those who embody the William Penn commitment to community and humanitarian service. This year’s recipient has become a familiar face around William Penn University.
Currently serving as a National Advisory Council member, Dewayne Hogan Sr. has an outstanding amount of leadership experience in and outside of William Penn. Upon moving to Oskaloosa to pursue his college career from Gary, Indiana, Dewayne participated in football beginning in the fall of 1968. He earned his Bachelor’s Degree in 1972 and was the only graduate from his family at the time. Dwayne later received his MBA from the University of Phoenix in Bakersfield, California in 1999.
After his time as a student at William Penn College from 1968–1972, Dewayne played football in the minor leagues and landed a job with Bechtel Corporation, who was building a 550-Megawatt nuclear Energy plant in Palo, Iowa. Dewayne served as a Quality Control Inspector, then later promoted to Assistant Field Systems Engineer. He then transferred to Bechtel’s corporate location in San Francisco, California.
While building a life with his wife, Audrey, Dewayne worked with Fluor Corporation and traveled to execute projects in the United States and abroad. He spent time in Saudi Arabia, the Andes Mountains in Chile, and Puerto Rico. Dewayne worked on his last field assignment with Fluor at the FEMA Headquarters in Louisiana, during the Hurricane Katrina disaster in 2005. He was tasked with identifying new sites throughout the parishes to build temporary structures to house displaced families.
During the time employed with Fluor, Dewayne served as a Cub Scout Master for two years to 35 young boys. In addition, he coached the Bakersfield Co-Ed Basketball team of 12-14 year olds, to a city championship victory.
From Fluor, Dewayne joined Technip from 2007–2016, where he would later retire from. Dewayne traveled to Brunei Darussalam, Japan, and the Philippines with Technip. During his near decade time with the company, Dewayne was majorly involved with his community, including currently being a Co-Chairman of the New Hope Missionary Baptist Church (NHMBC) Deacon Board. He also is a member of the Benevolence Committee which aids in the needs of the church, homeless, and community through financial and spiritual support.
Other service leadership positions Dewayne has held include: Chairman and Coordinator of the NHMBC ‘Boys and Men Retreat’ as a participant and active supporter; serving on the Board of Directors for Y-Empowerment, a non-profit that serves youth and their families affected by domestic violence; and serves currently on William Penn’s National Advisory Council (NAC) to provide expert advice and consultation.
Dewayne and Audrey currently reside in Rancho, California. Together, they spend time with their five children, Theodore, Shadrach, Dewayne Jr., Demetria, and Nila. Three of their children have graduated from college and begun their successful career paths. In addition, Dewayne and Audrey bolster nine grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.
For his dedicated lifestyle of leadership and positive roles throughout his community, in his profession, with various youth programs, and at William Penn University, William Penn is proud to present class of 1972 graduate, Dewayne Hogan Sr. with the 2018 Distinguished Service Award.