Rogers Named New UT Chief Financial Officer

KNOXVILLE — Dr. Gary W. Rogers, vice president for administration, finance and human resources at West Virginia University, has been named chief financial officer for the University of Tennessee System.

He is set to begin the job in mid-October.

New UT CFO Dr. Gary W. Rogers

Rogers’ accomplishments include receiving the Oregon State Controller’s “Recognition for Outstanding Service Employee” award in state financial management, and recognition of the West Virginia University financial accounting group by the state for outstanding internal financial control and reporting processes at WVU, a multiple-campus land-grant institution similar to Tennessee.

His professional experience includes public accounting with KPMG Peat Marwick and private accounting and finance with large, complex private entities.

“Gary’s excellent track record of sound financial management in public and private industry, as well as in academia and higher education issues, makes him the ideal person for this most critical position,” UT President John Petersen said. “Tennessee is fortunate to have someone of his talent and professional reputation as CFO.”

Rogers takes over for UT Executive Vice President Jack Britt, who served as interim chief financial officer during the search process.

Prior to his position at West Virginia University, Rogers was director of financial accounting and reporting in the Oregon University System and business manager at Northeastern Oklahoma A&M College.

Rogers is a member of the National Association of College and University Business Officers, the National Conference on College Cost Accounting, and the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants.

A certified public accountant, Rogers has a doctorate in English from Texas Christian University and a bachelor’s degree in accounting from Oklahoma State University.

“I’m very excited about the opportunity to come to Tennessee,” said Rogers. “This new responsibility will call upon all of my education in business and liberal arts, and my experience in both the private sector and higher education.”

Rogers said he is pleased to become a part of an excellent financial team.

“Just as Dr. Petersen said when he took office, ‘This is the right place at the right time,’ I feel this is the right place and time for me,” Rogers said.

The University of Tennessee system consists of campuses in Knoxville, Chattanooga and Martin, as well as the Health Science Center at Memphis, the Space Institute at Tullahoma, and the Institute of Agriculture and the Institute for Public Service, based in Knoxville.

Contact: Karen Collins (865-974-5186)