San Antonio native Brandon A. Logan has been named Vice President for University Advancement and Innovation at Grambling State University. In his new role, Logan also serves as Executive Director of the Grambling University Foundation, Inc. while also leading university teams in strategic communication and marketing, alumni engagement, philanthropy, career services, university events, and innovative initiatives. Logan previously served as Executive Director for the Doug Williams Center for the Study of Race and Politics in Sports since 2020.
“We are so excited to welcome Brandon, his wife Ryanne, and their son Bryce to our university family,” said Grambling State President Rick Gallot. “Brandon distinguished himself as a student-athlete here at GSU and he has returned with that same tenacity and drive to lead a winning team in University Advancement and Innovation. We are very fortunate to have him and look forward to leadership here.”
Finding inspiration at the nexus of business, community, and mentorship, throughout his career Logan has carved a niche for himself as an entrepreneur, advocate and speaker on all topics relating to diversity, business, and service.
“Serving in this capacity brings together my love for building community through giving,” Logan said. “Combined with a great brand and an extraordinary history, I am committed to casting a vision that will move this institution into a new era of excellence. Furthering the academic and social development of our students, while establishing the right impact strategies with current and future stakeholders will be central to growing Grambling State University, together.”
Logan’s accomplishments have been noted on local, national, and international levels. For his contributions, he has also received personal recognition from President Barack H. Obama, USAA, Essence Magazine, United Negro College Fund, Rotary International, and the United States Marine Corps. He has devoted and dedicated his life to service, specifically in the areas of youth, education, and the underserved population.
As founder and CEO of Urban Capital Partners, Logan led people and place-based strategies to uplift the standard of learning and living in inner-city communities. The organization’s community-based program, Becoming A Better You, has been uniquely designed to deliberately influence a change in thoughts and attitudes by intentionally targeting four cause areas: education, family support, leadership, and health.
He has also spent a considerable amount of time working to positively reconstruct the built environment, through real estate transactions, to better fulfill the basic human needs and desires of the community Logan graduated Cum Laude in three years from Grambling State University, where he focused his efforts on academics and athletics.
Notably, he was named Grambling Football Scholar-Athlete of the Year and was a contributing member to the 2005 national championship team. Since 2005, he has been an active member of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc., and his accolades from the fraternity range from being awarded the Undergraduate Louisiana Scholar of the Year to receiving the highly coveted International Citizen of the Year. Logan has also received the Beacon Award from Grambling State University, Distinguished Alumni Award from Grambling University National Alumni Association, and was the recipient of the Bayou Classic Marines’ Excellence in Leadership Award.
Logan is a proud graduate of Harvard Business School’s Young American Leaders Program, FBI Citizens Academy, and Air War College’s National Security Forum. He also has a well-established record of giving his time to the long-term betterment of the community.
As Chairman of the 2016 San Antonio Martin Luther King, Jr. Commission, Logan’s efforts elevated the standard of participation for the Nation’s largest MLK, Jr. March by increasing participation to a record of over 300,000 people and, simultaneously, raising more than $400,000 in scholarships.
As the 107th President of the Rotary Club of San Antonio, his strategy was to address the most pressing issues affecting the advancement of humanity, while enhancing the quality of life for residents. Under his leadership, San Antonio’s first-ever outdoor ice-skating rink, the Rotary Ice Rink, was delivered to the central business district, all while raising more than $300,000 and contributing 8,500 hours of service from Club membership to marginalized communities during the coronavirus pandemic.
After being shaken by the tragic death of George Floyd, Logan directed and produced a documentary entitled “Living in My Skin” to help facilitate a better understanding to the community of what the American experience is like as a Black man or boy. This impactful film garnered the attention of PBS and, subsequently, the documentary has aired in local and national markets as a feature during Black History Month. As Tri-Chair of the 2022 City of San Antonio Bond Program, appointed by Mayor Ron Nirenberg, Logan organized and engaged voters across the community to overwhelmingly pass six ballot propositions totaling $1.2 billion – the largest municipal bond program to date – delivering improved public infrastructure in streets, parks, drainage, facilities, and housing.
Logan also currently serves on the Board of Directors at The Najim Charitable Foundation, Pre-K 4 San Antonio, Valero Alamo Bowl, San Antonio Parks Foundation, United Way of San Antonio and Bexar County, and Southwest Research Institute. And in 2022, Logan was afforded an opportunity to become an investor in the San Antonio Missions baseball team.
He and his wife, Ryanne, have one son, Bryce.