Doc Foglesong was born and raised in Mingo County, West Virginia. He's the son of a steam fitter on the railroad and a first-grade teacher. He attended West Virginia University and eventually earned his bachelor's, master's, and doctorate in chemical engineering—and married his former English teacher—Mary Thrasher Foglesong of Sistersville, West Virginia.
Currently, Foglesong is the President of Mississippi State University—a land-grant school of over 17,000 students committed to excellence in teaching, research, and service. His vision is for the university to be the most respected land-grant school in the Southeast. He also is President and Executive Director of the Appalachian Leadership and Education Foundation, an organization committed to finding, mentoring, and developing young men and women who will be the next generation of leadership across Appalachia.
Foglesong has been designated by the President of the United States as the Co-Chairman of the Joint US - Russia Commission on POWs/MIAs. He is also a Director on the Board of Massey Energy and a Director on the Board of the Michael Baker Corp.
Foglesong previously was a four-star general in the United States Air Force. He flew fighters, was a senior leader in organizations equivalent to companies ranking 9th, 110th, and 430th on the Fortune 500 List, and worked directly with the most senior national leaders including congressional members, cabinet members, and heads of state.
Foglesong received numerous awards for leadership. He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, is a member of the National 4-H Council board of trustees, has written more than 60 publications that cover a range of topics, and has an honorary Doctorate of Strategic Intelligence. He likes to run and collect slide rules and blow torches.