BOWLING GREEN — Rodney Rogers, who has been serving as interim president, has been named as Bowling Green State University’s 12th president.
The BGSU board of trustees promoted him permanently to the post at its meeting Friday.
Rogers was named interim president in December and assumed the role on Jan. 1. He has a long history with the university, having served most recently as provost and senior vice president since 2012, and as dean of the BGSU College of Business for the prior six years.
Rogers succeeds Mary Ellen Mazey.
Megan Newlove, chair of the trustees, cited the university’s progress and Rogers’ role in that success as keys to his selection.
“Rodney Rogers brings a wide range of talents and accomplishments to the position,” Newlove said. “Under his leadership of academic affairs, enrollment has risen. The students we recruit are the most academically prepared in our history. Student retention has improved. Graduation rates are up. He’s overseen the creation of critical new programs, launched our eCampus and Honors College, and improved relations with our faculty.
“He has been an effective fundraiser for the university and has played an integral role in the planning and development of our new and renovated facilities,” Newlove said. “We believe the best leader for BGSU right now is already in place. We are extremely pleased that Dr. Rogers has agreed to remove the ‘interim’ from his title and continue serving BGSU.”
Rogers holds an MBA from the university.
“It’s an absolute privilege to have the opportunity to lead my alma mater,” Rogers said. “I look forward to working with our faculty, staff and alumni to continue to strengthen our university, provide an outstanding education for our students, and prepare them for life after BGSU.”
According to Daniel Keller, vice chair of the trustees, Rogers’ BGSU experience and his understanding of the higher education landscape were important.
“While BGSU is doing well, there are daunting challenges ahead for higher education institutions,” Keller said. “The board believed that our next leader needed to have an intimate understanding of our university and a firm grasp of the challenges facing higher education, particularly in Ohio. We’re counting on Dr. Rogers to turn those challenges into opportunities for BGSU and continue the very positive momentum that we’re currently enjoying.”
A native Ohioan who was raised in Kenton, Rogers is experienced in both academia and business. In addition to his MBA from BGSU, he has a doctorate from Case Western Reserve University and a bachelor’s degree from Ohio Northern University in music.
Before completing his doctorate, he practiced as a certified public accountant for 10 years.
Before joining BGSU, Rogers served as associate dean and director of academic programs within the School of Business at Portland State University in Oregon.
He also has taught financial reporting at various universities.
He and his wife, Sandra Earle, have two sons, Isaac and Spencer. Isaac is a sophomore at BGSU.