Alumni Profiles     

Rear Admiral Joe G. Schoggen, '43
Distinguished Alumnus, 2002

Joe Schoggen is a 1943 Park College graduate, earning an A.B. in economics. He went on to graduate from the Naval War College in Newport, R.I., and to receive an M.A. in economics from the University of Minnesota. He also did doctoral study at the University of Kansas.

  He served in the U.S. Naval Reserve during World War II. He left the Navy after the war and joined the faculty at the University of Kansas where he taught economics, money and banking, corporation finance and business administrative practices.

  Recalled to active duty during the Korean conflict, he transferred to the regular Navy, completed his Navy career as a two-star Admiral in the Supply Corps and joined the staff of Navy Federal Credit Union in 1975. After five years in a variety of management positions at Navy Federal, the nationís largest credit union, he was appointed president and served in that capacity until July 1987.

  Following his retirement from Navy Federal, Schoggen joined the staff of the Credit Union National Association (CUNA & Affiliates) where he served as executive vice president and chief operating officer until late 1990. During this period, he wrote the report of CUNAís Credit Union Uniqueness (Philosophy) Committee, which was published in 1988. For two years following retirement from CUNA & Affiliates, he served as a consultant to credit unions and chaired CUNAís System Risk Oversight Commission. He later served as a member of the National Credit Union System Renewal Committee whose recommendations resulted in a major restructuring of the nationís credit union system.

  In addition to his many military and business affiliations, he has been active in his community as well. In Sun City West, he has served as president of the governing board of the Recreation Centers of Sun City West Inc., president of the Sun Cities Symphony of the West Valley, a member of the board of directors of the Sun City West Rotary Club and chairman of the Sun Health Governmental Affairs Committee. He is treasurer of the Del E. Webb Hospital Board of Directors, a member of the Sun Health Planning Committee, and a member of the Sun Health Leadership Committee. He also has chaired the Long-Range Planning Committee at Desert Palms Presbyterian Church and has been a member of its Chancel Choir.

  Schoggen says he is grateful to Park primarily for his wife, the former Charlene Schwenk, whom he met when they were both students in the class of 1943. In addition he values the top quality liberal arts education he received at a very modest cost.

  During the Navy years, Joe and Charlene lived in Alameda, Calif., Yokosuka, Japan, Washington D.C., Newport, R.I., Barcelona, Spain, Athens, Ga., Mechanicsburg, Penn., Honolulu, Hawaii, Long Beach, Calif., and Brooklyn, N.Y. They have been married 55 years and have two children and two grandchildren.