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.
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The Program’s Namesake
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
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.
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.
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.
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.