Dr. Michelle Rogers is a first-generation college student with broad experience in both higher education and the corporate world. As Vice President for Administration at the University of Redlands, she reports to the president and provides vision, leadership, strategic direction, management, and support for university-wide operations including human resources, Title IX and equity, facilities and real estate, safety and security, event and office services, risk management, and environmental and institutional sustainability. She currently serves as the University’s Director of COVID management and is overseeing the development of University Village, a public-private partnership to create a 30-acre sustainably developed, transit-oriented neighborhood on university-owned land.
In her prior role as Chief of Staff and Secretary to the Board, Michelle served as the president’s primary strategic liaison with university and community constituencies and in so doing set the tone for communications emanating from the President’s Office. She was responsible for planning, handling, and overseeing a wide range of institutional matters; coordinating all presidential office operations and activities in support of institutional priorities; providing specialized services and support to the president and board of trustees; and assisting the president in addressing major issues confronting the institution.
Before joining the University of Redlands, Rogers was the Assistant Deputy to the President for Administration and Research at the University of Rochester where she previously served as the ITS Assistant Director for Communications. She gained valuable experience in the corporate world working for many years at Element K Journals, where she served sequentially as Managing Editor, then Senior Director of Editorial, Design, and Web Services, and ultimately as Publisher and General Manager. Prior to that, she was a technical writer for payroll, human resource, and benefits outsourcing innovator Paychex, Inc., where she worked at their corporate headquarters in Rochester, N.Y.
Rogers earned her bachelor of arts in public relations and English literature from the State University of New York at Oswego, a master of science in higher educational administration from the University of Rochester’s Margaret Warner Graduate School of Education, and a doctor of education in Leadership for Educational Justice at the University of Redlands. Her master’s thesis explored the significance of the Oswego Primary Teachers’ Training School’s role in transforming American pedagogy and the proliferation of American normal and teaching schools based on its model. The recipient of the Alpha Delta Kappa Outstanding Graduate Student Award, her dissertation is titled Navigating a Cleft Habitus: A Phenomenological Study of Social Class and the College Experience.
Rogers is the co-author (with Alvarado, A. R.) of Let’s talk about class: Exploring social class identity through intergroup dialogue in Martin, G. L. & Ardoin S. (Eds.), Social class supports: Examples of programs and practices to serve poor and working class students in higher education. She is currently serving as an adjunct professor in the School of Education and is an ATIXA certified Civil Rights Investigator Level Two. Rogers has presented nationally at conferences for the Association of Governing Boards (AGB), the Newsletter and Electronic Publishing Association (NEPA), and EDUCAUSE.
Rogers lives in Loma Linda, CA with her husband Tim, daughter Alivia, and two dogs.