Vice President for Student Life and Mission to Join Southern Union
Rogers Has Served Six Years at WWU
By: Rosa Jimenez
Ken Rogers, vice president for student life and mission, has accepted the position of youth and young adult director of the Southern Union Conference of Seventh-day Adventists. Rogers will continue serving in his current position through the end of this school year.
During his six years of service, Rogers has led Walla Walla University’s student life departments and programs. Working with 33 staff members, Rogers oversees the areas of student housing, food services, campus ministries, student activities, campus health, campus security, and counseling and testing services.
Among his accomplishments, Rogers has overseen facility improvements in the residence halls and the improvement of campus food services. Through his work with student life staff and student body leaders, Walla Walla University has one of the strongest extracurricular campus life programs in Adventist education.
President John McVay says of Rogers, “He has been a huge blessing to the University. From his public presence to his contributions on Cabinet to his advocacy for student life issues, he has helped to advance our mission. We are all in his debt for his careful and prayerful leadership.”
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Students have appreciated Rogers’ leadership and his work with them individually. In a December 2011 edition of the student newspaper, a tribute to Rogers includes a mention of Rogers’ classic sense of humor. “You do a wonderful job of working with student and faculty leaders to improve life on our campus. Your sense of humor is legendary, and you always know when to lighten the mood with a timely joke.”
Prior to his service at WWU, Rogers served in ministry roles at both churches and school campuses. From 1990 to 2006, Rogers was campus chaplain at Southern Adventist University, where he also served as youth pastor for the campus church from 1986 to 1990. He has also served as a youth pastor in Napa, Calif., and at two academies, including both Fletcher Academy and Mt. Pisgah Academy in the state of North Carolina.