2014 McCoy College of Business Distinguished Alumni

From 1971 to 1992, Robert Grogan built a career in the Alaska state government, lending his expertise to policies concerning oil and gas leasing, oil spill reparations and natural resource preservation. His influence developed legislation to protect and preserve the unique environment in Alaska.

After his retirement from state service, Grogan launched a second career as an artist and photographer. His work has been shown in galleries throughout the U.S. and in South Africa, where he spends a portion of each year living and working.

His generous spirit is exemplified in his identification, development and encouragement of the talent of a budding South African artist. In the early stages of what eventually became a career for Alex Zinhanga, Grogan provided the materials and mentorship that opened doors for the young painter.

Kalahari Summer published in 2013 is a collection of Grogan's photographs and paintings of the Kalahari.

"Robert and his wife Lee travel between their homes in Idaho and South Africa and his paintings are featured in many international and corporate collections.

Intially self taught, Grogan has gone on to study illustration and painting with some of America's most highly respected landscape artists. He is a Signature Member of the American Impressionist Society, and a member of the California Art Club, the Plein Air Painters of Idaho, the Oil Painters of America, and the South African Society of Artists. In July 2006 he was awarded a residency at the National Museum of Wildlife Art in Jackson, Wyoming." (excerpt from Kalahari Summer flyleaf)