The Rogers Scholars Program

“The program offers students a unique opportunity to engage with policy, politics, and our nation on a very personal level, much like the way Robin Rogers taught his classes.” 

Jeff Kimbell ’89, President of Jeffrey J. Kimbell & Associates


Named in honor of St. George’s former history teacher, loyal alumnus and spirited Dragon sports fan, The William S. R. “Robin” Rogers ’44 Scholars Program was established in 2008 by a number of alumni who live and work in Washington, D.C.  The four-day program runs in March each year at the beginning of St. George’s spring break and is funded by the William S. R. Rogers Endowment for Public Policy Studies. (Note: In 2017, the program will run Saturday, March 11 to Wednesday, March 15.)

Foster Unique Understanding

Students typically get exclusive access to sites such as the White House, the Pentagon and U.S. Armed Services offices, the U.S. Department of State, and the U.S. Department of Commerce.

Engage with Key Stakeholders

The mission of the program is to give students a fully immersive experience in the nation’s capital, meeting federal lawmakers, policy experts, fundraisers, senior advisors, pollsters, campaign strategists and lobbyists. Students will  have access to bipartisan speakers in the fields of health care, strategic communications, technology, military policy, biotechnology, pharmaceuticals and medical devices, telecommunications and online reputation management.

Connect the Dots

Students will experience how public policy and politics interact, overlap, and affect our lives on a daily basis. Their experiences and interests will spark a lasting interest and will encourage exploration in government service and/or the political spectrum.

Alumni participating as speakers have included: Jeff Kimbell ’89, John Holder ’79, Gerrit Lansing ’02, Peter Cook ’85, Bill Hatfield ’99, Tucker Carlson ’87, Welles Orr ’78 and Jim Thompson ’84. View the full list of speaker bios here.

Want to find out more about St. George's unique Rogers Scholars Program? Please contact faculty advisor and history teacher Jim Connor. In addition, you may view a feature story on the program here.

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 The Program’s Namesake

Learn more about William S. R. “Robin” Rogers ’44, P’74

William S. R. “Robin” Rogers ’44, P’74

Anthony M. Zane Chair in History, and English and History teacher, emeritus

William S.R. “Robin” Rogers ’44 was inextricably linked to the St. George’s School community virtually since birth. He was the grandson of Arthur S. Roberts, a senior master and teacher at St. George’s for 43 years (1903-1946), and the son of Paul C. Rogers, a faculty member (1925-1926).

In his youth, Robin Rogers was known as a solid student and a talented, all-around athlete. After graduation from St. George’s, Rogers received a bachelor’s degree in English from the University of Wisconsin and a master’s degree in teaching from Brown. He was a lifelong educator whose first teaching job was at St. John’s School in Houston, Texas. Rogers returned to the Hilltop’s classrooms where he taught history and English from 1956 to 1961. He was named the founding headmaster of the Pingree School in South Hamilton, Mass., in 1961 and returned to St. George’s again from 1974-1993.

In retirement, Rogers remained a passionate student of literature and history as well as an ardent Red Sox fan and a resolute chess player. Through the years his devotion to St. George’s never waivered. William S. R. “Robin” Rogers died on August 12, 2014 at the age of 87. The Robin Rogers Endowment for Public Policy was established by a number of St. George’s alumni in his memory in 2008.


The Advisory Board

Jeffrey J. Kimbell ’89

Jeffrey J. Kimbell, President of Jeffrey J. Kimbell & Associates, represents 25 clients in the life sciences community seeking legislative and policy remedies in Washington. Founded in 1998, the ten person firm provides strategic solutions to hand-selected clients seeking creation, modification, or proper implementation of public law.

Mr. Kimbell has contributed to or been interviewed by a host of trade and global news publications and television programs including Bloomberg’s Business News, Time Magazine, The New York Times, Reuters, The Washington Post, The Bureau of National Affairs (BNA), Congressional Quarterly, Forbes, MX Magazine, Scripps-Howard, Roll Call, Politico, The Food & Drug Law Journal, and The Hill. Mr. Kimbell has testified before the U.S. Congress and spoken before numerous industry groups, boards of directors, scientific advisory boards, associations, and educational institutions, including Harvard, Georgetown and Stanford Business Schools, Columbia University School of Public Health, the Young Presidents’ Organization, AdvaMed, the OCTANe Medical Device & Investor Forum, AAOS Chicago Ophthalmology Summit, AECOS, and many others. In January of 2001, Mr. Kimbell was named to President George W. Bush’s Transition Team Advisory Committee for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and assisted a host of Presidential appointees through their confirmation process in the U.S. Senate. He was the only consultant to serve on the Committee.

Prior to establishing Kimbell & Associates, Mr. Kimbell served as the first Executive Director of the Medical Device Manufacturers Association (MDMA) from 1994-1998. While at MDMA, he directed all global policy initiatives on behalf of MDMA’s member companies. During his tenure, the association grew from 25 companies to 130, an increase that can be directly attributed to a number of legislative victories, including passage of a landmark bill to overhaul the product approval process at the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA). In addition to handling matters before the U.S Congress, Mr. Kimbell was also responsible for MDMA’s interaction with state and foreign governments and federal agencies of jurisdiction on tax and trade matters.

Prior to serving at MDMA, Mr. Kimbell was a personal aide to former U.S. Senator Howard H. Baker, Jr. (R-TN) and personal attaché to former U.S. Secretary of State Lawrence S. Eagleburger in the Washington office of the Tennessee-based law firm Baker, Worthington, Crossley & Stansberry.

In addition to Jeffrey J. Kimbell & Associates, Mr. Kimbell is Managing Director of Jackalope Real Estate, LLC and Managing Partner of Magnum Entertainment Group, Inc. Jackalope is a real estate holding company with assets in Washington, DC, Park City, UT, and Cabo San Lucas, Mexico. Magnum is an entertainment group with over 85 corporate clients which produces live music events globally from Bangkok to Baltimore. Magnum events have featured artists including ZZ Top, Greg Allman, Blues Traveler, Dickey Betts, Robert Earl Keen, and Better Than Ezra, among others.

Tucker Carlson ’87

Tucker Carlson is the co-host of Fox and Friends Weekend and the editor-in-chief of TheDailyCaller.com, one of the largest news sites in the country.

Carlson joined Fox from MSNBC, where he hosted several nightly programs. Previously he was the co-host of Crossfire on CNN, where he was the youngest anchor in the history of that network. During the same period, Carlson also hosted a weekly public affairs program on PBS.

A longtime writer, Carlson has reported from around the world, including dispatches from Iraq, Pakistan, Lebanon and Vietnam. He has been a columnist for New York magazine and Reader's Digest. He currently writes for Esquire and The New York Times magazine. Carlson began his journalism career at the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette newspaper in Little Rock. His most recent book is entitled, Politicians, Partisans and Parasites: My Adventures in Cable News. In 2006, he appeared on ABC’s Dancing with the Stars. Carlson is currently working on his third book.

Gerrit Lansing ’02

Gerrit graduated from St. George's in 2002 where he played hockey and was on the sailing team. He spent three years there before taking a year off between SG and The University of the South in Sewanee, TN where he majored in Ancient Greek and Latin.

He moved to D.C. shortly after graduation in 2008 when the internet was well on its way to changing the way politics works. As an early adopter at the Heritage Foundation where he was the Feature’s Editor for the blog, he was lucky to be on the cutting edge of digital politics where raising money and winning votes online was a new phenomenon.

He soon moved to Congressman Peter Roskam’s (IL-6th) office where he worked on traditional press as well as digital projects. Later he was Press Secretary at for Paul Ryan at the House Budget Committee, helping to modernize operations there as well as throughout the House of Representatives.

In mid 2012 he moved from Ryan’s office to the National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC) where he was Digital Director until December, 2014. He built a modern Digital Department there and increased fundraising by over 500%, establishing the new Department as a significant contributor to both the political and finance needs of the House GOP campaign wing. In late 2014 he co-founded Revv.co, a donation platform for campaigns and causes, with NRCC colleagues to improve the right’s online donation infrastructure.

In late spring 2015 he took on a second duty as the Chief Digital Officer for the Republican National Committee (RNC) where he is building assets and infrastructure for the eventual GOP nominee.

Welles Orr ’78

Welles Orr ’78 has more than 25 years of experience in international trade policy, national security, and foreign affairs. His practice focuses on the formulation and implementation of international trade policy and U.S. foreign policy by the executive branch and the U.S. Congress.

Before joining Miller & Chevalier, Mr. Orr served as Assistant U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) for Congressional Affairs in the Executive Office of the President in the George H.W. Bush Administration. In that capacity, he served as the liaison between the USTR and the Congressional leadership and members of the House Ways and Means and Senate Finance Committees on the drafting, negotiation, and implementation of all trade policies and agreements, as well as bilateral and multilateral trade negotiations.  He earned degrees from Denison University and the University of Pittsburgh as well as a certificate in International Studies from Warnborough College, Oxford.

Jim Thompson ’84

Jim Thompson has been designing and implementing communication plans for political and advocacy groups for 25 years. Over the years, Jim has managed every aspect of these plans, including the qualitative and quantitative research, message development, production and delivery. In 2001 Jim was a founding partner in Bynum Thompson Ryer - a full service communication firm that has provided communication strategy, message development and production for a wide range of clients, including political candidates, labor unions, referenda, non-profit organizations and corporations.

Before founding Bynum Thompson Ryer, Jim directed paid voter contact programs for the Political Department of the AFLCIO from 1989 through 1992, and from 1996 through 2001. At the AFL-CIO, Jim was responsible for a complete overhaul of Labor’s political communication and managed the largest ongoing voter contact program in the nation. From 1993 through 1995, Jim was a deputy Political Director at the Democratic National Committee, where he oversaw state party coordinate campaigns. Prior to 1989, Jim was the Political Director at Project 500, a Democratic Redistricting organization, and served on several state-wide campaigns.

Jim graduated from St George’s School in 1984 and attended the University of Pittsburgh.
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