H. Patrick Swygert, Esq., serves as the Chief Executive Officer and President of Howard University Hospital. Bro. Swygert served as the President of Howard University, Washington, D.C, from August 1, 1995 to June 2008 and served as its Chief Executive Officer. He served as a Vice President of University Administration from 1982 to 1987 and Special Counsel to the President of Temple University from 1980 to 1982. He served as the President of the State University of New York at Albany from 1990 to August 1995 and an Executive Vice President of Temple University from 1987 to 1990. He served as Visiting Professor at the Tel Aviv University Faculty of Law from 1982 to 1990. He served as a Visiting Professor of the Faculty of Law of the University of Ghana from 1975 to 1976; and also served as a Visiting Lecturer and visitor of Cairo, Egypt; Athens, Greece; and Rome, Italy.
He also served as Law Clerk to Chief Judge William H. Hastie of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit in Philadelphia, Administrative Assistant to Congressman Charles B. Rangel, D-N.Y.; Special Assistant of District Attorney in Philadelphia under then District Attorney now U. S. Senator Arlen Specter, R-Pa.; and as an Associate at the New York City law firm of Debevoise, Plimpton, Lyons & Gates. From 1977 to 1979, he served as General Counsel of the U.S. Civil Service Commission.
Since 1979, he served as Special Counsel to the Merit Systems Protection Board. Bro. Swygert was associated at Temple University in Philadelphia since 1972. Since 1993, he served as the Chair of the New York State Special Commission on Educational Structure, Policies and Practices. Bro. Swygert served as the Chairman of the Washington, D.C. Area Consortium of Colleges and Universities and Community-Business Partnership of the Greater Washington Board of Trade. He served as the Chairman of the Historically Black Colleges and Universities Capital Financing Program Advisory Board and U.S. Department of Education from 2002 to 2006.
He has been a Director of Hartford Financial Services Group Inc. since 1996, United Technologies Corp., since 2001 and Hartford Life, Inc. since 1997. He serves as a Director of Greater Washington Board of Trade. He has been a member of The Eisenhower Fellowships Board in Philadelphia since 2004. He serves as a Member of the Board of Education U.S. Commemoration Commission, the U.S. National Commission for United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), the Commission on Presidential Debates and of the National Security Agency Advisory Board. He serves as a Trustee of Howard University Hospital and University of South Florida. In addition, Bro. Swygert serves as a Member of the Central Intelligence Agency External Advisory Board. He serves as Member of the Advisory Council of the Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of African American History and Culture. He served as a Director of Fannie Mae (formerly Federal National Mortgage Association Fannie Mae) from January 2000 to September 2008. He served as a Director of The Victory Funds, Cleveland, Ohio. He has been a Member of Brown v. Board of Education National Commemoration Commission since August 2002. Since November 15, 2004, he has been on the Board of United States National Commission for the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). Since 2004, he served at the D.C. Emancipation Commemoration Commission.
Bro. Swygert has lectured abroad in a number of other countries, including the Hungarian Ministry of Higher Education and the SUNY Center for Private Enterprise Development in Budapest. He is the author of numerous articles and publications on higher education and the law. He is a member of the District of Columbia bar, Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Bar, and State of New York Bar. He is also a member of the search committee for the founding director of the National Museum of African-American History and Culture, Smithsonian Institution.
Bro. Swygert is an alumnus of Howard University where he was initiated into the kingdom of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity on April 4, 1964. Bro. Swygert received the Medallion of the University, the highest honor of the University at Albany, State University of New York, on February 14, 2002. He has acknowledgments from institutions of higher learning, community and professional associations including selection in 2000 as a Washingtonian of the Year by "Washingtonian Magazine" for his leadership of the successful Howard University-Fannie Mae LeDroit Park Community Revitalization Project, and the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc. Equal Justice Award and, in 2001, the District of Columbia Building Industry Association Achievement Award. On June 4, 2003, Bro. Swygert received the "Special Friend" award from the American Friends of Lubavitch at their annual dinner, and on May 21, 2003, he received the "Education Award" from the National Conference for Community and Justice (NCCJ) at the 2003 Brotherhood Sisterhood Award Dinner. In 2004, at the Congressional Black Caucus' 34th Annual Legislative Conference, he was presented with the Congressional Black Caucus Chair's Award in recognition of his efforts on behalf of higher education, and on July 30, 2005, he was honored with the National Urban League 2005 Legend Award for dedicated leadership and commitment to the education of young people. On October 7, 2006, the Amistad Center for Arts and Culture at the Wadsworth Antheneum Museum of Art of Hartford, Conn., honored Bro. Swygert for his contributions to the arts and education.
Bro. Swygert received a BA degree in History from Howard University, and a JD degree, cum laude, from Howard University School of Law in 1965 and 1968 respectively. He received an Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters Degree from the University of New England in 1997, an Honorary Doctor of Laws Degree from Temple University in 1999, and an Honorary Doctor of Laws Degree from Tuskegee University in 2002.