Passionate about leading an urban and metropolitan university in the capital city of Arkansas, Dr. Rogerson’s vision is focused on the momentum of a collaborative and highly supportive relationship with businesses, the community, and state and local government, all partnering to mutually benefit the region.
“I feel very strongly about the role that a metropolitan university like UA Little Rock should play within a community, a system, and a state, even regionally and nationally,” Rogerson said. “There’s a unique synergy that can be created when programs and research are interwoven into a growing community and economy, and my goal is to tap into that synergy, to position UA Little Rock to reach its maximum potential.”
Dr. Rogerson has set an ambitious, strategic, and forward momentum with initial priorities focused on the city and the region and on discerning the optimal direction for the university. Accessibility, affordability, and growing enrollment are key priorities. Dr. Rogerson guided his team to begin new partnerships with local high schools to create a seamless and affordable pathway to UA Little Rock upon graduating high school, in addition to creating more ease in the admissions process.
There is campus-wide re-imagining and envisioning as the university strives to position itself to be a driving force in equipping the region to thrive in the 21st century. Great emphasis is being placed on providing research and creative experiences, as well as internship opportunities for students to learn to apply knowledge and develop the soft skills for success in 21st century employment.
The Windgate Center of Art and Design, the university’s new applied arts building, is under construction along with other major improvements to the buildings and grounds. This is just the beginning of a new era for UA Little Rock – central Arkansas’s regional, premiere, NCAA Division 1, comprehensive public, research university.