R. Bruce Ogier is thankful both personally and professionally for a
college experience he believes he couldn't have received anywhere other
The president of Capital Analysts of Jacksonville,
Florida, Inc., Ogier is a perfect example of how a broad-based liberal
arts education can pay dividends regardless of one's eventual career.
After graduating from high school, Ogier wanted to be a jet pilot. He
joined the Florida Air National Guard and enrolled in Florida Community
College at Jacksonville to get a two-year associate degree. However,
the military later changed the prerequisite to a four-year degree and
Ogier enrolled at a private university to continue his studies. In the
meantime, instead of pursuing a career as a jet pilot he became a
private pilot. He had became bored with the business program there and
learned that a new university was opening in his hometown of
Jacksonville. He enrolled at UNF and switched his major from business
to literature, an area that increasingly interested him. "A liberal
arts degree turned out to be a really great degree for me."
Because of the writing required in the UNF program, Ogier honed
communication skills which today are critical in communicating
financial plans to clients. "Sometimes career paths unfold where
preparedness and opportunity cross, and that is what happened to me."
graduation in 1974, he took a job with Penn Mutual Life Insurance Co.
as the result of a career day on campus. Eight years later he
transferred to his current firm where in 1992 he became part owner. He
manages a staff of nine in a business offering financial planning,
wealth management and employee benefits to a broad range of clients
including individuals, owners of closely held businesses, executives,
self-employed professionals and one public company. He picked up the
necessary financial education by becoming a Certified Financial Planner
(CFP®) in 1986 and a Chartered Life Underwriter (CLU) in 1999.
said UNF offered a unique experience because many faculty members were
the approximate age of many students. He has vivid memories of
relationships with charter faculty members, including Drs. Bob Loftin,
Bill Slaughter, Ray Bowman, Allen Tilley and Ken McMillan. The
relationships extended outside the classroom. A prime example was the
white water canoe trips he took as a member of the Sawmill Slough
Conservation Club with fellow students and Dr. Loftin. "It was an
outside-the-classroom experience, but he made it a world-class
classroom for us."
"Even today when I see some these
professors in the community I still have a rapport with them. I'm not
sure that if I had gone somewhere else I would have had that kind of
Personally, Ogier is also thankful to UNF for
giving him the opportunity to attend classes with a woman who would
eventually become his wife. He and Belva have been married for more
than 34 years and are the parents of twins, Clark and Jordan, one of
whom is enrolled at UNF.
When not involved with his family or
fishing, Ogier is involved in professional and civic activities in the
community. He served as a founding member and the first president of
the Jacksonville chapter of the Institute of Certified Financial
Planners (now the Financial Planning Association of Northeast Florida)
and was president of the Bold City Jaycees in 1979, membership chairman
of the North Florida Council, Boy Scouts of America, and member of the
Florida Bar Grievance Committee "C" as a non-lawyer. He was active with
the UNF Alumni Governing Council in the '80s and more recently served
as the first chair of the University's Student Affairs Community
His involvement with Student Affairs has given Ogier
an opportunity to witness the "explosive" growth and development of
UNF. "When you see what is going on in Student Affairs you see how many
lives it touches and the opportunities where I could contribute."
said he is thrilled to be able to maintain a relationship with UNF and
contribute to the tradition of student-faculty interaction. "The
experiences I had at UNF I would not have been able to have anywhere
else. I know the close relationships with professors continue today.
They remember you."
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