June 20, 2012
HATTIESBURG, Miss. - After 17 years of service to The University of Southern Mississippi and Southern Miss Athletics, Eagle Club Executive Director Richard "Dick" Vogel has announced his plan to retire.
"As I retire from Southern Miss, I want everyone to know that my love for Southern Miss is undiminished and in a sense I am only changing from employee to dedicated fan," said Vogel, a 1983 master's graduate of the University. "Additionally, I want to tell all our Golden Eagle fans that the past two years in working for (Director of Athletics) Jeff Hammond have been the happiest, most rewarding of my life. Jeff set the standard for leadership, not only in the athletic department, but also in all the other fields in which I have worked in a professional career that spans over 40 years."
Vogel returned to Southern Miss in 1996 as a Field Representative for the Eagle Club, a position he held for three years, after a long, distinguished career in the United States Army which included stints of service during Operation Desert Storm. The former Southern Miss ROTC professor was promoted to Associate Director in 1999 before becoming the Executive Director of the Eagle Club a year later.
Under his leadership, the Eagle Club has seen more than $1 million in growth with the funds providing scholarships for more than 350 Golden Eagle student-athletes. Vogel will retire from Southern Miss effective June 30 and begin a new challenge at nearby William Carey University.
"As much as I love working with our fans, the opportunity offered to me by Dr. Tommy King and Dr. Scott Hummel at William Carey University is unique," Vogel noted. "I will continue to work in athletics, but it also offers me the opportunity to be on the forefront of a vision that supports not only their College of Osteopathic Medicine, but that of continued University growth, academically and athletically, in the near term.
"Though I look forward to new and exciting challenges at William Carey University, I will be nearby and will help Southern Miss in any way I can. Remember, I am in a family in which we all have degrees from Southern Miss, I can do no less."
Vogel and his wife, Debbie, are Southern Miss graduates and their daughters, Tara and Jackie, also received degrees from the University. Southern Miss will host a retirement reception for Vogel from 5:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. in the South Endzone on Friday, June 22 to honor his tremendous contributions to the University.