“It is with mixed emotions that the Cottey College Board of Trustees announces the retirement of President Judy R. Rogers,” wrote Janet Brown, Chair of the Board of Trustees. “The Board of the Trustees and the campus community will lose a visionary leader in our retiring president, and the generosity of her time, depth of character, and charismatic passion for our college and its students will be sorely missed.”
Dr. Rogers became the eleventh president of Cottey College in July 2004, when she left her position at Georgetown College in Kentucky to accept the leadership of Cottey. One of Dr. Rogers’ strengths was in leadership education, and she immediately set out to strengthen the leadership programming at Cottey.
The Institute for Women’s Leadership and Social Responsibility, which is the umbrella under which the various baccalaureate programs are integrated, as well as the LEO (Leadership, Experiences, Opportunity) Program, which offers a four-level leadership certification for the associate degree students, were programs she envisioned and implemented. Dr. Rogers also created the Presidential Leadership Program (PLP) which taught leadership to girls at Nevada High School. All of these programs thrived under her leadership.