MSU Leader's Legacy

MSU Leader's Legacy

Midwestern State President Jesse Rogers is officially no longer President of the University he has worked at for 48 years.

Most of that time was spent as a Professor of Chemistry, but for the last 14 years Doctor Rogers has served as President. His office nearly empty except for a few things packed into a bright blue box. As Doctor Rogers looks forward into his future retirement, he's also had a chance to reflect on the past and how he became President of MSU.

"I am part of that, it is a great honor to be here with these people. I go back to Travis White. Travis hired me in 1967. John Barker was the president who gave me the opportunity to be a Vice President Administrator. I really learned a lot from him, and learned a tremendous amount from Lou. We worked together for 20 years made a lot of changes at this university and never had a cross word," said Doctor Rogers. 

When Doctor Rogers began his term as MSU President, the Mustangs were the Indians. Now Doctor Rogers is making a transition of his own into retirement.

Spending time with family is a high priority for Doctor Rogers, especially spending time with his only granddaughter. 

"I seized just enough opportunities in my life to have a really wonderful professional career, and to have it here at MSU like this, I am going to be looking back on it and find it almost unbelievable," said Doctor Rogers. 

When asked what he was most proud of, Doctor Rogers referenced two programs he helped create.

Both the creation of the McCoy School of Engineering and the Robert D. & Carol Gunn College of Health Sciences and Human Services were programs Doctor Rogers said made the University stronger academically, and more attractive for generating more prospective students. 

Doctor Suzanne Shipley was announced to become the first female President of Midwestern State University. Doctor Shipley will begin her term as President later in August. 

Jack Carney, Newschannel6