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Dr. Brent Rogers wins inaugural shared governance award from Faculty Senate ahead of retirement

Rogers and McKnightDr. Brent Rogers, associate professor of agriculture at Morehead State, has been named the recipient of the first Faculty Senate Award for Shared Governance.  

The Faculty Senate created the award to recognize the efforts of a faculty senator who has dedicated themself to shared governance. It supports faculty in their efforts through shared governance to create stellar experiences for students and the campus community. Shared governance is a committed and equitable partnership of faculty, staff, students, and administrators working together to support the ideals of higher education. Rogers was presented with the award April 29, during a meeting of the Faculty Senate.  

Rogers started as an assistant professor in September 1984 and will retire May 30, after almost 38 years of service to the University. During his time at MSU, Rogers has served on the Faculty Senate for more than 20 years and held a position on the Executive Council six times during his tenure. He served as interim co-chair of the Department of Agricultural Sciences during the 2012-13 academic year. Rogers served MSU and the community by arranging Natural Resource Conservation Service (NRCS) trainings, high school Future Farmers of America (FFA) competitions, various student clubs, and field days. In the early part of his career, he worked on the the Mountaintop Agriculture Complex (Martiki) project. He has been active in recruiting students through student registration events and open houses. Rogers has been involved in numerous department, college, and University committees.  

"Brent has been a tremendous source of knowledge and expertise for the Derrickson Agricultural Complex and has completed numerous research projects with cover crops, hemp, as well as others," said Dr. Patricia Harrelson, associate professor of animal science and a colleague of Rogers. "The Department of Agricultural Sciences thanks Dr. Brent Rogers for all of his contributions during his time here at MSU."  

A reception commemorating Rogers' retirement will be held Friday, May 7, at 2 p.m., in the arena classroom at the Derrickson Agricultural Complex. Current health and safety guidelines will be followed. 

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Top photo:: Dr. Dirk Grupe, Faculty Senate chair, left, presented the inaugural Shared Governance Award to Dr. Brent Rogers on April 29. 

Bottom photo: Dr. Brent Rogers, left, looks on as Brady McKnight, freshman animal science major from Stephens City, Virginia, calibrates a sprayer in a lab in Reed Hall.