Lake Superior College President, Dr. Patricia Rogers, has been selected to receive the Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award by Marquis Who's Who.
Marquis Who's Who, the world's premier publisher of biographical profiles, is proud to present Patricia Louise Rogers with the Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award. An accomplished listee, Dr. Rogers celebrates many years' experience in her professional network, and has been noted for achievements, leadership qualities, and the credentials and successes she has accrued in her field. As in all Marquis Who's Who biographical volumes, individuals profiled are selected on the basis of current reference value. Factors such as position, noteworthy accomplishments, visibility, and prominence in a field are all taken into account during the selection process.
Supported by more than 40 years of industry experience, Dr. Rogers accepted the position of president at Lake Superior College in 2019. Overseeing all aspects of administration, she is responsible for the welfare of academic and student affairs, institutional advancement, human resources and athletics. Her years in academia include former appointments at Winona State University (WSU) as the provost and vice president of academic affairs, through which she spearheaded the institution’s strategic and academic planning. She was also employed by Bemidji State University (BSU) as a professor in teacher education and later as the dean of the college of health sciences and human ecology and the dean of the college of social and natural sciences. Taking a brief, one-year leave from BSU, Dr. Rogers notably assisted Valley City State University by serving as the founding dean of the school of education and graduate studies.
Dr. Rogers also served as the chairperson of the Minnesota Online Council in 2003, and became a frequent speaker and consultant in her field at various Minnesota state colleges and universities beginning in 1998. Dr. Rogers remains a sought-after consultant and instructional designer for online teaching.
Dr. Rogers is currently involved with Minnesota State Colleges and Universities Equity 2030, an educational initiative that was established in 2019. Driven to eliminate educational equity gaps and promote inclusion on all Minnesota State college and university campuses by 2030, she is working closely with her system colleagues to ensure the program's success. Dr. Rogers is a successful writer and editor for several publications, including "Designing Instruction for Technology-Enhanced Learning," "Encyclopedia of Distance Learning," and "Teaching Technologies and Applications." Additionally, she has contributed numerous articles to scholarly journals and serves as a peer reviewer for the Higher Learning Commission.
Dr. Rogers' tenure in education began in 1979 as a substitute teacher of art in the Minnesota Public School System. However, she was unable to secure a full-time K-12 position because many teachers were being laid off at the time. Briefly departing from the field, she was hired to join a cancer research team at the University of Minnesota School of Public Health in 1984. Dr. Rogers spent over a decade conducting cancer research before she was hired to teach at BSU.
A dedicated advocate on behalf of her community, Dr. Rogers is a current board member for Art to Change the World and the Area Partnership for Economic Expansion in Minnesota (APEX). She is also an active member of the Arrowhead Growth Alliance. Dr. Rogers is a former board member of the Great River Shakespeare Festival and an associate member of Rotary International. Involved with several industry-related organizations in support of her career, Dr. Rogers was a member of the Association of Chief Academic Officers and the American Association of University Women.
To prepare for her career, Dr. Rogers studied at the University of Minnesota, where she earned a Bachelor of Science in art education, with a minor in theater arts, in 1979. She also attained a Master of Arts in art education in 1982, and a Doctor of Philosophy in instructional systems and technology and art education in 1997. Her dissertation was supported by a Getty dissertation fellowship from the Getty Center for Education in the Arts. Dr. Rogers is a Fulbright scholar from 2001 to 2002 with the University of Iceland and has since been the recipient of several awards including the First Annual Pioneer Award from the Minnesota Online Council. Recently she proudly accepted the Paragon President’s Award from Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society in 2021.