A&F Newsletter

Winter 2011


Dr. Nick Rogers takes over as president of college’s Endowment Association


Dr. Nick RogersSharing a passion and vision to see things happen at Cowley College, Dr. Nick Rogers was an easy choice to take over as president of the school’s Endowment Association.

“We are excited to be working with Dr. Rogers as the new board president,” Cowley College vice president of institutional advancement Ben Schears said. “The level of enthusiasm and strategic planning skills has equipped him well to lead the board and work alongside our department.”

Dr. Rogers has served on the Endowment Associations Board of Directors since 2004 and considers it an honor to take over as president.

“As president, I am looking forward to working with my fellow board members and others to fulfill the mission of the endowment association which is to secure and prudently manage private gifts in support of Cowley County Community College and foster a culture that unites philanthropic desires with the vision of the college,” Dr. Rogers said.

For over 30 years, Dr. Rogers has practiced general dentistry in Arkansas City. Before he settled in Ark City, however, he called many places home including Lawrence, KS and Springfield, MO where he graduated from high school and Drury College. After graduation from the University of Missouri School of Dentistry in Kansas City, he chose to move to south central Kansas and immediately got involved in not only dentistry but also the community.

Dr. Rogers’ love for children has been the center of much of his professional and civic involvement. He served for 22 years as a member of the local school board and during that time was instrumental in writing, securing, and implementing a grant to begin a Head Start program in Arkansas City. Through this involvement with Head Start on the local, state, and national level, he became very aware of the need to involve dentists in finding “dental homes” for children.

As a member of the Board of Trustees for the American Board of Pediatric Dentists, Dr. Rogers contributed to the writing of a $10 million dollar grant that worked to bring dental care to Head Start children across the nation. He worked as the Region VII director for this initiative and for three years traveled extensively in Kansas, Nebraska, Iowa, and Missouri to develop liaisons between agencies working with children. During this time, he also continued practicing full time.

This year, the AAPD chose Dr. Rogers to receive the Merle C. Hunter award for exemplary leadership service in the volunteer structure of the AAPD.

Dr. Rogers is actively involved in the many organizations that promote dentistry and has received the Oral Health Kansas Outstanding Community Leader Award.

Currently, he is a member of the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry’s Kellogg School of Leadership Management at Northwestern University.

Dr. Rogers is known in Ark City as the emcee for multiple community events including prom, Arkalalah, and art and music shows. He serves as a member of the South Central Kansas Regional Medical Center Board of Trustees and was chosen to receive the Martin Luther King Humanitarian Award.

He is active in Rotary and after over 20 years of teaching Middle School Sunday School at the United Methodist Church recently retired.

He and his wife Christie have been married for over 35 years and have three children Melissa, Scott and Becci, and two grandchildren. Scott and his wife Nicole are both dentists practicing with Dr. Rogers. Melissa teaches at risk children in Ark City and Becci is working in Kansas City.

Along with all of his worthwhile endeavors, Dr. Rogers considers his involvement with Cowley College to be very rewarding.

“Being associated with Cowley College in any capacity is a privilege and honor,” Dr. Rogers said. “It is a particular honor to be associated with the Endowment Association. The college is not only an economic asset to the community, but more importantly, it gives many, both traditional students and non-traditional students, life changing opportunities they might not otherwise have.”

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Winter 2011