UA Little Rock officially welcomes Rogerson

May 29 - June 4, 2017

 “There’s a unique synergy that can be created when programs and research are interwoven into a growing community and economy, and my goal is to tap into that to help UA Little Rock reach its maximum potential.”

- Dr. Andrew Rogerson, UA Little Rock chancellor


On Thursday, May 11, President Donald R. Bobbitt, the University of Arkansas Board of Trustees, and the faculty, staff, students, and alumni of UA Little Rock celebrated the investiture of Chancellor Andrew Rogerson, Ph.D. in the Jack Stephens Center.


Dr. Rogerson began his tenure as the 10th leader of the University of Arkansas at Little Rock on Sept. 1, 2016.


A native of Glasgow, Scotland, Dr. Rogerson is the first internationally born chancellor in UA Little Rock’s history, and he brings a wealth of global academic, scientific and administrative expertise to his role as the 10th leader of UA Little Rock.


Dr. Rogerson earned a Ph.D. in Protozoan Ecology from the University of Stirling, Scotland, U.K. As a researcher, he has written more than 100-refereed publications and has received substantial funding in research contracts and grants, including awards from the National Science Foundation (NSF), Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). Dr. Rogerson has a variety of research interests ranging from assessing the efficacy of ballast water treatment systems, to silicon biomineralization in diatoms. Dr. Rogerson has also supervised more than 20 master’s and doctoral students.


Prior to becoming chancellor of UA Little Rock, Dr. Rogerson was provost and vice president of academic affairs at Sonoma State University, a campus of the California State University system. He has been a professor, scholar, and senior administrator at leading universities in England, Scotland, Canada, and the United States, including University of London, University of Toronto, Nova Southeastern, Marshall University, and Fresno State.


Dr. Rogerson and his wife, Janessa, are proud to call UA Little Rock their home. Mrs. Rogerson has embraced the university as an active and involved “First Lady,” and is a passionate ambassador for the university.


Mrs. Rogerson is a graduate of Sonoma State University. Her career experience includes a long tenure in environmental studies, as well as a small business owner and arts development. For the last 10 years, she has worked in the Napa Valley wine industry as a luxury brand private client director, and most recently, as a development officer for corporate sponsorships at Sonoma State University’s renowned Green Music Center.


The Rogersons have a blended family of two sons and two daughters, who are grown and pursuing their dreams.






UA Little Rock Chancellor Andrew Rogerson (seated) shakes hands with Governor Asa Hutchinson during the Chancellor’s Investiture ceremony at the Jack Stephen’s Center on May 11. At the podium is University of Arkansas System President Donald R. Bobbitt. (Photo by Lonnie Timmons III)