New dean named for College of Business Administration

Dr. Rodney K. Rogers of Portland State University has been appointed dean of the College of Business Administration, Provost John Folkins has announced.

The appointment is effective July 31.

Dr. Rodney K. Rogers
Dr. Rodney K. Rogers
Rogers, who received his MBA at BGSU in 1981, is currently associate dean and director for academic programs in Portland State University’s School of Business Administration.

Folkins describes Rogers as a strong leader who will help broaden the college’s engagement activities with local, regional and national communities as well as take the lead on raising funds for new initiatives. “Dr. Rogers has demonstrated the ability to be a change agent for the college through his innovative and forward thinking,” Folkins said.

Rogers said he was attracted to BGSU because of the business college’s fine reputation and President Sidney Ribeau’s vision for the University to be engaged in the greater community. “Engagement is critical for the university of the 21st century,” Rogers said, adding, “I am looking forward to engaging the college with the business community and working with alumni.”

Rogers, who grew up in Kenton, Ohio, earned a bachelor’s degree in 1980 from Ohio Northern University, where he majored in accounting and music. He completed a doctorate in accountancy at Case Western Reserve University in 1996.
A member of Portland State’s accounting faculty since1995, he has served as an administrator in the School of Business Administration there since 2001. As associate dean, he has led curriculum revisions, established new programs and boosted private support for the school.

His accomplishments include major revision and implementation of the master of business administration program, resulting in a competency-based program that focuses on innovation and the regional economy; creation of a honors program for undergraduate business students; revision of the master of science in financial analysis, and reorganization of student-services areas to provide a holistic approach to academic and career advising.

Rogers also helped establish several faculty fellowships and was responsible for more than tripling annual giving to the accounting program between 2000 and 2005.

In addition to his work at Portland State, he was a visiting research fellow at the Cranfield School of Management in the United Kingdom from 2001-04, and a visiting faculty member at EuroMed-Marseille, Ecole de Management, in Marseille, France, during the summers of 2003, 2004 and 2005.

Before moving to Portland, he taught at Case Western and Ohio Northern universities. He was a certified public accountant in the Toledo office of Arthur Young & Co. (now Ernst & Young) from 1981-85 and as a sole-practitioner from 1985-91.

Rogers has published numerous professional articles and given presentations at professional conferences. He also has served as an ad hoc reviewer for Critical Perspectives on Accounting, Accounting and the Public Interest, Contemporary Accounting Research and Accounting, Management and Information Technologies, and has been a reviewer for national meetings of the American Accounting Association.

At Bowling Green, Rogers succeeds Dr. Nancy Merritt, a marketing faculty member and associate dean for undergraduate studies in the college, who has served as interim dean during the past year.
May 1, 2006