Dr. Craig Bogar said his doctoral degree from the United States Sports Academy helped him secure his position in a faculty leadership role in the American Public University System (APUS).

Bogar, who lives in Gulf Shores, Ala., earned his Doctor of Education degree in sports management from the Academy in 2010. He is also a former dean of student services and adjunct faculty member at the Academy, pursuing his doctoral education while working full time at the institution.

Today he serves APUS as an associate professor of sport management and the faculty director for the School of Health Sciences, where he oversees the work of approximately 140 faculty members. APUS is an online learning institution that is composed of the American Military University (AMU) and American Public University (APU).

“I am thankful to the Academy for allowing me to work full time there while also pursuing my degree,” Bogar said. “I was very fortunate to be able to do that. My Academy doctoral degree opened many doors for me and gave me career options that I would not have had without it. I can say with certainty that I would not be where I am without the Academy.”

Bogar also worked for several years as an adjunct faculty member and project coordinator in family medicine at the University of South Alabama in Mobile, Ala. He also served as director of athletics at the University of Mobile and at Loyola University New Orleans, where he served as athletic director from 1991-1999 and spearheaded efforts to bring intercollegiate athletics back to that university.

Loyola suspended its athletic program in 1972, citing “educational and financial” reasons. Under Bogar’s leadership, the institution reinstated intercollegiate athletics after a student referendum in 1991. For his efforts, Bogar was recently inducted in the university’s athletics Hall of Fame.

Bogar earned his bachelor’s degree in business administration from Bryant University and his master’s degree in sports administration from the University of Maryland College Park.