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Karl Miller Center Donor Profile: Phil Bogue
Karl Miller Center Donor Profile: Phil Bogue


“I’m a believer that every city worth its mettle needs a major university,” says Portland State University donor Phil Bogue, who is responsible for one of more than 200 gifts made toward the School of Business Administration’s Karl Miller Center. Inspired by his undergraduate alma mater University of Washington’s role as an anchor in the city of Seattle, with a strong, well-known reputation, Bogue worked to create an active academic community here in Portland and raise the profile of PSU. 

Bogue arrived in Portland in 1961 to open the Portland office of accounting firm Arthur Andersen, of which he was a managing partner. His contributions to PSU have included the establishment of the Bogue Family Choral Endowment and the Bogue Accounting Endowment and gifts to the Center for Professional Integrity and Accountability.

Bogue’s gift to the Karl Miller Center Building Fund reflects his desire to help elevate PSU’s reputation. “Portland needs a top-notch school of business with top-notch faculty, and we didn’t have that before when students were [taking classes] all over campus,” explains Bogue. “The new building will allow the School of Business to have a place of their own and to continue their great outreach programs to the Portland business community.”

In addition, he says, “having an actual building can make a difference in attracting students and faculty, which is what it’s all about in terms of quality.”

Bogue also contributed to the creation of an executive board room for the new building, emphasizing his belief in the importance of providing a technologically up-to-date conference room for anyone in the community, not just students or faculty, to access.

The Karl Miller Center will celebrate its grand opening this September, with the executive board room named in Bogue’s honor. The new building, at almost 143,000 square feet, will be more than double the size of the existing space and will add a 38,000-square-foot new building onto the existing structure's north side.

Bogue has also made significant contributions to the university in the form of sharing his talents and passion for Portland State’s mission. He played a pivotal role in arranging for the university’s name and motto of “Let Knowledge Serve the City” to be added to the bridge on campus. After retiring from Arthur Andersen in 1981, Bogue served as assistant to the president for university relations at PSU and special assistant and consultant to PSU President Joseph Blumel. In those roles, he performed a number of valuable functions for the university, including establishing a Portland State alumni program.

Bogue has also given back to other key organizations in the Portland community. He served on the Boards of the PSU Foundation, Portland Art Museum, and the Oregon Symphony. As Board chair of the Oregon Symphony, Bogue had a central role in hiring longtime music director James DePreist. He also served as interim chief executive officer of Portland Art Museum in 1992, helping to ensure the museum’s financial solvency.

In recognition of his service and contributions, Bogue will receive an honorary degree at PSU’s 2017 commencement ceremony. His support of and passion for PSU have also been recognized with a Distinguished Service Award in 1979 and a presidential medal in 2014.

Bogue is proud of PSU and the accomplishments of its graduates and faculty and is pleased to see the enhanced reputation the university has enjoyed since he first became involved. “As far as academics go, in such a relatively short period of time, the university has come a long way. It’s just awesome,” he says. 

Bogue earned a bachelor’s degree in Business and Economics from the University of Washington and served in the U.S. Navy for several years as a supply and disbursing officer. He also holds an MBA from Harvard Business School.