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Former Regent, J. Stanley Rogers to speak at Motlow's Graduation

April 14, 2011

J. Stanley Rogers will speak at Motlow's graduationJ. Stanley Rogers of Manchester will address Motlow State Community College graduates May 7 in Copperweld Arena of the Nisbett Center on the Moore County campus. He will speak at both the 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. ceremonies. A member of the Tennessee Board of Regents (TBR) for 16 years, Rogers chaired the committees for the hiring of Motlow's last two presidents, former Dr. Art Walker and present Dr. MaryLou Apple.

Being the third longest running Regent to serve in the history of the TBR he served as vice chairman for two consecutive terms, from July 2003 until June 2005, and chaired five of the 23 presidential searches completed during his tenure on the board. Also during his service, 39 Tennessee Technology Center directors were appointed.

During his tenure with the TBR he contributed greatly to projects such as the Defining our Future, dismissal of the Geier litigation and the launch of the Regents Online Degree Program (RODP.) Rogers said, "The TBR is the sixth largest system of higher education in the nation." He continued, "I am most proud of our work toward having the TBR operate as a system not just individual schools or universities."

Rogers has dedicated his career to upholding justice through his partnership with the Rogers & Duncan Law Firm and his membership in the Coffee County, Tennessee, Federal and American Bar Associations, the Tennessee Trial Lawyers Association and the Association of Trial Lawyers of America. He is also a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers.

In addition to his service to citizens through the Tennessee Board of Regents, Rogers also served six years in the Tennessee House of Representatives for the residents of Coffee, Grundy, Sequatchie and Warren Counties. He was the majority leader during the 88th and 89th General Assemblies.

Rogers said, "Motlow is in my backyard. It has been important to me as a business person but most importantly, I have been a friend to all five of its presidents." He continued, "I realize I am a lucky man, my wife Pat and I enjoy our three grown children, their spouses and all eight grandchildren living within just a few miles of each other."