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Development & Alumni Affairs Position a ‘Rewarding’ Experience for Mike Hogan

As Mike Hogan pointed out, not many people wake up each morning excited about going to work. But Hogan, the College of Law’s Associate Director of Development, is among those passionate about his job.

He began his career with the University of Cincinnati Foundation in May 2007 and is approaching his one year anniversary working solely for the College of Law.

Since settling into his current position on July 1, 2010, Hogan has been actively working toward “increasing philanthropic support for the law school.”

While, naturally, there is no ‘typical day’ for Hogan, some days it might go something like this: having breakfast with an alum, grabbing lunch with a donor, and meeting someone at their office to talk about the current $50 million fundraising campaign.

“It’s getting out and seeing people,” Hogan said of his role with the College. “Our job is not done in this physical office.”

Prior to joining the College of Law exclusively, Hogan spent four years with the Foundation as a regional director of development. His focus was on alumni outreach in the Southeast region, covering Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina, and Texas. He also spent a lot of time in the Cleveland area, where the university has more than 7,000 alumni.

While most of his travels now are more regionally-based, considering most of the UC Law alums reside in Greater Cincinnati and around Ohio, the goal is the same: “increasing the sense of giving back to the College, creating an environment of support within the law school, and just overall building engagement opportunities for the alumni.”

Hogan, who additionally works with the UC Law Alumni Association in an advisory role, has also spearheaded a number of internal initiatives. Most recently, he and John Stiles – the College’s Associate Director of Admissions and Financial Aid – led a faculty/staff fundraising campaign that saw participation more than double since last year.

But like his co-worker Karen Sieber, Hogan did not envision working in development.

He grew up on Cincinnati’s West Side, graduating from LaSalle High School before receiving a communications and journalism degree from Northern Kentucky University. Hogan briefly worked in public relations before spending nearly five years in non-profit work, including in a fundraising role with the Boy Scouts of America.

“That opened my eyes to philanthropy, and when I realized I wanted to raise money on a larger scale, I looked at higher education and that led me to UC,” he said.

Now that he is at UC, and specifically with the College of Law, Hogan has fully embraced his role and overall profession.

 “Very few people get to form as many relationships in their career as I have,” Hogan said. “I think that’s probably one of the most rewarding things about this job.”

Hogan, a life-long “avid golfer” has since become an “avid father.” He and his wife, Lori, who works in research and development at Procter & Gamble, both enjoy travelling.

Among their many destinations, the West Chester residents visit Walt Disney World at least once every year, and have done so for many years. In the fall, the Hogans will take their daughters – Abby, 4, and Kelsey, 2 – down to Florida for their latest Disney trip.

But then it will be back to visiting with alumni and donors, though Hogan will likely make some connections while on vacation. 

By Jordan Cohen, ‘13