Michelle Rogers came to the University of Redlands with broad experience in both higher education and the corporate world. As the president’s chief of staff and general secretary, Rogers’ key responsibilities are to act as the president’s representative and ambassador among the board of trustees, executive staff, president’s cabinet, academic units, and other internal and external constituents in planning, handling and overseeing a wide range of matters of institutional importance, and to manage the operations of the Office of the President. Rogers assists in developing and writing reports, presentations, speeches, publications, and educational materials.
Before coming to the University of Redlands, Rogers was the assistant deputy to the president for administration and research at the University of Rochester and communications manager and assistant director to their chief information officer. She gained valuable experience in the corporate world working for many years at 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.
Rogers earned her bachelor of arts in public relations and English literature from the State University of New York at Oswego, a master of science in higher educational administration from the University of Rochester's Margaret Warner Graduate School of Education, and a doctor of education (EdD) in Leadership for Educational Justice at the University of Redlands.
The chief of staff to the President and general secretary 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.