New Vice Presidents Bring Diverse Experinces to Roles

Steve Rose and Ken Rogers are eager to help students realize their service potential.

Steve Rose is the new vice president for financial administration. Rose hails from Maryland, where he held the position of undertreasurer and an associate editor for the General Conference of Seventh-day Adventists for more than eight years.

Rose spent the early part of his career in foreign missions, serving in financial administration for the church division offices in Singapore and the Philippines.
Rose believes in preparing young people for service and knows WWU holds this as a core value. He is excited about being a part of this endeavor. “I see my role as maintaining the university’s financial stability as a platform on which to grow and ensure that young adults continue to be equipped for a lifetime of service,” he says.

Contributing to his excitement about his new post is Rose’s assurance in the energy and enthusiasm that is so apparent in young adults. “It is contagious and invigorating,” Rose says. “Combining this energy and enthusiasm with an organization that is so committed to the spiritual values and service that are core to Adventism appeals to me.”

Rose and his wife, Suzann, have three children: Janae, Sara, and Dustin.
Rose replaced Manford Simcock, who retired in 2006 after 24 years of service as vice president for financial administration.

Ken Rogers
is serving in his second year as vice president for student administration in June. He is from Collegedale, Tenn., where he served for 16 years as chaplain for Southern Adventist University.

As the campus chaplain, he enjoyed working with the student missions program and developing a taskforce assistant chaplain program, as well as a youth ministry class that has evolved into a youth ministry minor.

“Through role modeling and involvement in student life activities, I hope I can impact those around me with an attitude of respect and awe for our God, and a desire to serve our fellow man in love and service,” he says.

With family roots in the Northwest, Rogers is happy to be in the region to be close to family. Rogers has two adult sons, Brandon and Brock, both of whom live on the west coast. His third son, Brent, died from pneumonia complications in 2001.

He was 18 years old.

Last summer, Rogers became a newlywed. He and his wife, Cheryl, were married in August.

Rogers replaced June Ferguson, who served as vice president for student administration for seven years. n

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