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

Rogers Scholars Program in Washington DC

The Program

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 each year in the spring, and is funded by the William S. R. Rogers Endowment for Public Policy Studies. You may view a 2016 feature story on the program here.

Foster a 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.

The Program’s Namesake

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

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.

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

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

The Program's Founder

Learn more about 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.