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Chief of Staff, Office of the President

Michelle Rogers, Chief of Staff

Michelle Rogers

Michelle Rogers comes to the University with broad experience in both higher education and the corporate world. She worked many years for Element K Journals, where she served sequentially as managing editor, then senior director of editorial, design, and Web services, and ultimately as publisher and general manager. As publisher, Rogers had multi-million dollar responsibilities, supervisedĀ more thanĀ 50 employees, and focused on new business development, working with companies such as Microsoft, Dell, Best Buy, and CompUSA.

Rogers sought new opportunities at the University of Rochester and in 2005 became communications manager and eventually assistant director to the Chief Information Officer. In this role, she managed university-wide information technology communication programs, served as the communications liaison for the executive offices, and oversaw the university’s computer sales division. Because of her reputation for excellence at Rochester, the president there hired her as the Assistant Deputy to the President for Administration & Research to handle a broad range of areas including office and project management, executive communications and research, Board support, speech writing and presentations, staff training, and event management.

Rogers earned her bachelor of arts degree in public relations and English literature from the State University of New York at Oswego, and a master of science in higher educational administration from the University of Rochester’s Margaret Warner Graduate School of Education. She has presented nationally and served as the editorial track chair for the Newsletter and Electronic Publishing Association (NEPA).

Chief of Staff, Office of the President

The Chief of Staff to the President and Liaison to the Board of Trustees provides specialized services and support to the President and Board of Trustees. The Chief of Staff acts as a liaison among the President, Board of Trustees, executive staff, the President’s Cabinet, academic units, and other similar groups. This position performs special assignments and conducts special administrative tasks and research studies for the President on a wide range of subjects related to the overall management and operation of the University. This position is responsible for the direction and executive oversight of the executive secretary and administrative assistant, daily office operations, office budgets, and all of the activities and services provided by the Office of the President.

Thurber, an English bulldog, is the University's mascot.
Thurber

He is named after Clarence Howe Thurber, University president from 1933-37.

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