Roger Williams Brown Bag

When: Oct 14, 2016 from 12:00 PM to 01:30 PM

Where: 403 Rackley Building

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Roger Williams, former executive director of the Penn State Alumni Association and a graduate of Penn State’s higher education program, and this year’s College of Education “Alumni Excellence” award recipient and will be on campus to receive his award.  During his time on campus, Roger has asked to have a brown bag lunch with interested students, faculty, and staff. Lunch will be provided by the College of Education’s Office of Alumni & Development.

If you are interested in joining for lunch and conversation with Roger, please RSVP by this Friday (October 7) using the following form: https://goo.gl/forms/EmGWoiXbrgAIS0Co1.  

I hope many of you will be able to join us for this event.  A short biography for Roger Williams and description of the Alumni Excellence award are included below.

Roger Williams Biography

This year we recognize Roger Williams who served as executive director of the Penn State Alumni Association from 2003 until June 2015, when he announced his retirement.

Roger has three degrees from Penn State, including a doctorate in higher education. He served as vice president of communications at Georgetown University and was associate vice chancellor at the University of Arkansas prior to returning to Penn State and assuming his executive post at the Alumni Association.

“I consider Roger to be one of the most talented administrators that I have ever encountered,’’ said Roger L. Geiger, a distinguished professor of education in Penn State’s College of Education. “He has devised creative innovations in all his posts. Roger Williams has had a distinguished career while also contributing substantially to the well-being of his alma mater.’’

As an affiliate associate professor of higher education at Penn State, Roger authored 30 published articles and chapters, and one book: “The Origins of Federal Support for Higher Education: George W. Atherton and the Land-Grant College Movement.’’ His most recent article is “Saving the Land Grant for the Agricultural College of Pennsylvania,’’ published in the 2013 special issue edition of “Perspectives on the History of Higher Education.’’

Penn State Alumni Association Director of Volunteer Services Kevin Barron said the Alumni Association made philanthropic gifts of more than $4.3 million to the University between 2004-2015. He also noted that the Alumni Association’s fundraising goal for the University’s “For the Future” campaign was not only met but surpassed a year ahead of schedule under Roger’s watch.

“His footprint has been felt upon major gift fundraising as well,’’ Barron said. “It has been an honor to work with Roger over the years and to have witnessed his support of higher education through alumni relations.’’

College of Education ALUMNI EXCELLENCE Award

The Alumni Excellence Award recognizes those alumni from any Education program who have demonstrated excellence in their chosen specialty; contributed significantly to their profession; gained an exemplary reputation among colleagues, students, and parents within their community, and who are likely to advance the mission of the College of Education. This award is the highest honor bestowed by the College of Education upon alumni.  Specific criteria include:  (1) Nominee is currently employed in the field of education; (2) Nominee is a graduate of the College of Education (certification, baccalaureate, or advanced degree from any program).