J. Frederick Rogers, who served for seven years as the director of annual support at Hobart and William Smith from the late 1980s to early 1990s, has been appointed vice president for institutional advancement at The General Theological Seminary of the Episcopal Church in New York City.
Below is the press release announcement provided by General Seminary
General Seminary Appoints Vice President for Institutional Advancement
New York City – The Very Rev. Ward B. Ewing, Dean and President, announced today the appointment of J. Frederick Rogers as Vice President for Institutional Advancement and Alumni/ae Relations at The General Theological Seminary, the oldest theological seminary of the Episcopal Church, located in the Chelsea district of Manhattan since 1822.
The appointment is the culmination of a lengthy search carried out by a committee of the Seminary's Board of Trustees. “Seldom in the search process is there a perfect match,” said Dr. Warren Ilchman, chairman of the search committee. “Such an outcome, however, best describes the appointment of Fred Rogers. He comes with exceptional fund-raising and management experience, both in higher education and social service institutions, but he comes as well with a deep affection for and knowledge of the Episcopal Church.”
With an impressive sixteen-year career in fund raising, Fred Rogers is currently Vice President for Development and Communications at the YMCA of Greater New York, where he has served in development and senior management capacities since 1997. The New York City YMCA system, with 20 branches and revenues of $110 million, is the world's largest and serves 170,000 young people with a variety of social services. Prior to this appointment, Rogers served the YMCA in Rochester, NY, as Vice President for Development.
Fred Rogers was graduated from Harvard University in 1981 with a degree in history, specializing in the medieval church. In 1985 he earned a master's degree in French from Middlebury College and for six years taught and then served as development director at Lake Forest Academy, a preparatory school in Illinois. He served Hobart and William Smith Colleges, in Geneva, NY, for seven years as director of annual support.
Hobart College, like General Seminary founded by New York Bishop John Henry Hobart, is the nation's oldest historically Episcopal college. He considers himself a “persistent and devoted part-time graduate student” and while in Rochester completed courses toward a master's degree at Bexley Hall, another of the Episcopal Church's official seminaries.
With his diversified background in development and management, his proven track record of success in fund raising, his teaching background, his knowledge of the Episcopal Church and his tenure as a theological student, Fred Rogers brings to GTS a unique set of skills and experience. To this must be added his commitment to New York City and to General's place as the most urban of Episcopal seminaries.
“I'm pleased,after eight years, to be returning to an educational community,” he says. “All the better that it is an institution like General with nearly two centuries of history in pursuing the noble and ennobling work of seeking justice, peace, and reconciliation in the world.”
As part of his responsibilities as Vice President, Rogers joins the
Seminary's senior management team and will have a key role in strategic planning. A resident of Glen Rock, New Jersey, and a member of St. Elizabeth's Church in Ridgewood, he begins his duties on November 11, 2002, and will report to the Dean and President.