Former Trustee Charles H. Scoggin, M.D., to receive Billy Adams Award

(10-21-2014)

As a trustee for Adams State University, Charles H. Scoggin, M.D., demonstrated a deep commitment to education that echoes the founding spirit of Billy Adams. It is for this service that Adams State awards him its 2014 Billy Adams Award. He will receive the award at the Adams State University Foundation's annual Donor and Student Recognition Dinner, Oct. 29.

Scoggin made the official motion, in 2011, to pursue university status, saying: "Given that Adams State is a community of teachers and scholars providing excellent quality of instruction and research in a variety of disciplines and granting certificates and degrees to students throughout Colorado, the United States, and the world, it is appropriate that Adams State's name reflect the depth and breadth of our graduate and undergraduate missions."

Longtime Adams State University Trustee Charles H. Scoggin, M.D., (left) with Adams State President David Svaldi.

Adams State President David Svaldi credits much of his personal success to Scoggin's support and encouragement.

"Charles was an anchor for me throughout his time as a trustee. As one of the last original Trustees, appointed in 2003, he was instrumental in promoting a thoughtful, yet engaged decision-making environment for the Board," Svaldi said. "Charles has also gone the extra mile, promoting Adams State University in the media and in his personal interactions with his peers. If not for Charles, we would not have the positive relationship we currently have with President Tony Frank of Colorado State University in Fort Collins. Charles always embraced and promoted ASU's mission and remains one of our most important supporters."

Scoggin has a lot in common with Billy Adams. Both were stalwart advocates for rural education. And like the university's founder, a San Luis Valley rancher, Scoggin can often be found on horseback. As president of Roundup Riders of the Rockies, last July Scoggin led 145 horses and 7 mules through the La Garita Mountains and down streets of Creede, Colo.

"It was a hoot, and believe me, we were respectful of Creede -- the only green stuff we left behind was money," he recalled.

Scoggin was one of the original trustees appointed to Adams State's independent board in 2003, following dissolution of the State Colleges in Colorado. He served as a trustee for the next decade, a period of unprecedented growth for Adams State, highlighted by attainment of university status in 2012. Also during this time, Adams State achieved record enrollments, initiated its first doctoral program, and implemented $65 million in campus improvements.

In addition, as a member of the Western Stock Show Association, Scoggin was instrumental in establishing the National Western Scholarship at Adams State, a renewable award of $2,500 available to agri-business students.

Scoggin founded and headed a number of biomedical enterprises, including N30 Pharma, Sagemed, Somatogen, Medrock, and Rodeer Systems. He was formerly a professor of medicine at the University of Colorado and held a number of leadership positions there, including clinical director of CU's Department of Medicine, director of the House Staff Training Program of the Department of Medicine, and head of the Adult Human Genetics Section. He was also senior scientist and vice-president of the Eleanor Roosevelt Institute. He has authored over 150 scientific articles, book chapters, and abstracts and received numerous awards and recognitions.

Scoggin received his medical degree from the University of Colorado, training in internal medicine at Duke University, in pulmonary medicine and critical care in the Division of Pulmonary Sciences at the University of Colorado, and in molecular and cellular biology at the University of Colorado and Eleanor Roosevelt Institute. He is Board Certified in Internal Medicine and Pulmonary Medicine. In addition, he was a Teaching and Research Scholar of the American College of Physicians, a Fellow of the American College of Physicians, Research Scholar of the American Lung Association, and Fellow of the American College of Chest Physicians.

Scoggin also extends his service as a Trustee of the Denver Zoological Foundation, president of Roundup Riders of the Rockies, and an Emeritus Board member of Center for the American West.

By Julie Waechter