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UDC Hires Michael C. Rogers as the Vice President for University Advancement

Washington, DC – The University of the District of Columbia Interim President, Dr. James E. Lyons, Sr., announces the appointment of Michael C. Rogers as the Vice President for University Advancement. Rogers will oversee the University wide planning, coordination, and implementation in the areas of Development, Communications, Federal and State Relations, Alumni, Strategic Planning, and Sponsored Programs.

Rogers has over 25 years of experience in strategic planning, general management, financial management, fundraising, operations, administration, marketing, business development, leadership development, and contract negotiations, as well as public policy, labor relations, government relations and advocacy, corporate relations and external affairs.

"Michael Rogers brings a wealth of experience and expertise to the University of the District of Columbia," remarked University Interim President, Dr. James E. Lyons, Sr. "The University will benefit tremendously from having Michael at the forefront of some of our most critical endeavors."

Rogers had this to say about his appointment, "The University of the District of Columbia has a rich history, and I am very proud to have the opportunity to help lead it into what I know will be a bright and prosperous future."

Most recently, Rogers owned and operated Michael C. Rogers Consulting, LLC, a management consulting firm providing strategic advisory services to public, private and nonprofit sector clients.

From 2003 to 2009, Rogers served as the Executive Vice President for Corporate Services for MedStar Health, the largest hospital system serving the Washington, DC and Baltimore areas.  As a member of the Executive Management Team, Rogers led strategic planning, business development, marketing communications, public relations, fund development, government relations, compliance, and senior-management education and development.

Before his time at MedStar Health, Rogers served as the Executive Director of the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments.  He also served as the Deputy Mayor for Operations/ City Administrator for the Government of the District of Columbia. In that role he was responsible for day-to-day operations, including oversight and management of operating agencies such as budget and finance, police, fire, public works, transportation, health, human services, personnel and labor relations, as well as a number of secondary agencies.

Rogers has a wide range of other experience including: National Director of the Minority Business Development Agency at the US Department of Commerce, Director of the Mayor's Office of Contracts/ City Procurement Officer for the Mayor of the City of New York, the Vice President for Municipal Services for the Ogden Services Corporation, among many others.

Rogers earned a Juris Doctor degree from the Georgetown University Law Center and a Masters degree in Public Policy from the University of Michigan. He received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from Clark College (now Clark Atlanta University in Atlanta, GA). He has been active with a number of nonprofits in the District including, Leadership Greater Washington, American Red Cross of the National Capital Area, American Heart Association, Recreation Wish List Committee.

About The University Of The District Of Columbia

As the only urban land-grant institution in the United States, the University of the District of Columbia ( supports a broad mission of education, research and community service across all member colleges and schools, which include the Community College, School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, School of Business and Public Administration, College of Arts and Sciences, College of Agriculture, Urban Sustainability and Environmental Sciences, and David A. Clarke School of Law.

The University of the District of Columbia is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action institution. Minorities, women, veterans and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply. For a full version of the University's EO Policy Statement, please visit:

The University of the District of Columbia is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education - 3624 Market Street - Philadelphia, PA 19104 - (267) 284–5000.