Motlow State Community College
P.O. Box 8500
Lynchburg, TN 37352-8500
Rogers Honored in Surprise Reception
May 12, 2011
J. Stanley Rogers of Manchester traveled to Moore County Saturday knowing he was the speaker for Motlow College's two graduation ceremonies to be held that day. He also thought Dr. MaryLou Apple, president of the College, was treating him to lunch between the two commencements; but what he didn't know was there was more on the plate for him than just a meal. The lunch was actually a surprise reception held in his honor to thank him for his many years of service to the college communities.
Dr. Apple introduced Regent Fran Marcum who highlighted Rogers'16 years with the Tennessee Board of Regents. Marcum said, "Stanley was known as the mediator of the TBR." Then she commented directly to him, "Your word is solid and we always depended on it." Regent Marcum also thanked Rogers for his chairing the searches for Motlow's last two presidents, former Dr. Art Walker and current Dr. Apple. On behalf of the TBR she presented him with an engraved glass pillar that she said was a symbol of his being a pillar of strength.
Tennessee Senator Eric Stewart, representing the 14th District, presented Rogers with a Senate Resolution bequeath in his honor. After reading aloud some of the lines in the resolution he joked, "Now Mr. Rogers, I realize you've probably got 20-30 of these hanging on your walls because you've done so much public service, but this is the only one you'll have with my signature."
Other members of the audience shared personal stories of working with former Regent Rogers including TBR Chancellor John Morgan, TBR Executive Assistant Sonja Mason, Motlow's first president, Dr. Sam Ingram and third president, Dr. Frank Glass.
An emotional Rogers thanked his friends and colleagues for the recognition saying it was unjust. He remarked, "Today is all about those 700 graduates receiving degrees from Motlow as well as all of the others graduating from our colleges and universities across the state." Rogers also said, "Without the foresight of the people in the 60's and 70's we wouldn't have our community colleges today and they are an integral part of our society."
In closing Rogers said, "Serving on the Tennessee Board of Regents is the most important and rewarding thing I've done in my life. Aside from my family, it's my finest accomplishment. I appreciate what you've done here today and I love you all."