|David E. Rogers|
David E. Rogers was formally installed as the eighth president of Morrisville State College during a ceremony Nov. 20.
Special guests at the installation included delegates from more than 20 colleges and universities, members of the Morrisville State College Council and Foundation Board, alumni, Ronald Ehrenburg, trustee of the State University of New York, former Morrisville President Raymond W. Cross, state Sen. David Valesky, state Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli and SUNY Chancellor Nancy L. Zimpher.
President Rogers was joined by his wife Jan, their children, relatives, family and friends in the audience. Also gathering to show their support were Morrisville students clad in apparel bearing the names of their sport, student clubs and organizations.
The historic inaugural event was preceded by a week of celebrations in which students, faculty, staff and community members came together for dinners, receptions and a tree-lighting ceremony to honor the college’s Founders’ Day.
A long-standing leader whose commitment, scholarship and philanthropy to Morrisville State have taken the college to new heights, Rogers’ inaugural address highlighted his plans to build on the qualities enshrined in the college’s mission.
“I am excited to begin this new journey for us all. I look forward to working with you and writing our next chapter,” he said.
Danielle Gauthier, president of the Morrisville Student Government Organization, offered remarks on behalf of MSC students.
“The things that will allow you to be the best at your job are what we already see in you,” Gauthier said. “We are very lucky to have you as our president.”
Immediately following the ceremony, guests streamed into the John W. Stewart Center for Student Activities for an elaborate reception that featured hors d’oeuvres made by the college's hospitality students and Kerry Beadle, executive chef at the Copper Turret, a college-run restaurant, and chair of Morrisville State College’s Hospitality Technology Department.
About the president
During his tenure at Morrisville, Rogers has worn many hats including provost, dean of the college’s School of Business, from 1999 to 2010, and interim dean of the Norwich Campus and the School of Agriculture and Natural Resources.
Prior to Morrisville, Rogers was the director of Institutional Research and Planning at Onondaga Community College. He has held faculty positions at Ithaca College, the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and Le Moyne College.
An active leader in the national higher education community, he has served on numerous campus committees and community and college boards. He is vice president of the Madison County IDA and chair of its Governance Committee; a member of the Cornell Cooperative Extension Advisory Board and serves on the board for Community Memorial Hospital, and Health Workforce, New York.
Rogers earned his Ph.D. in labor economics, collective bargaining, and econometrics from the SUNY College of Industrial Labor Relations at Cornell University. He also holds a master’s degree from Cornell University and a bachelor’s degree from the University of Massachusetts.