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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 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 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.

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 Advisory Board

Jeffrey J. Kimbell ’89

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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

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Tucker Carlson ’87 is the host of FOX News Channel's "Tucker Carlson Tonight."

Prior to the launch of his primetime program, Carlson served as a co-host of "FOX & Friends Weekend." He also provided analysis for America's Election Headquarters on primary and caucus nights, including the 2016 and 2012 presidential elections, as well as the 2014 midterm election. In addition, he also produced an FNC special, "Fighting for Our Children's Minds," in 2010.

Before joining FNC, Carlson hosted "Tucker" on MSNBC from 2005-2008 and PBS' "Tucker Carlson: Unfiltered." He joined CNN in 2000 as its youngest anchor ever, co-hosting "The Spin Room," and went on to become co-host of CNN's "Crossfire" until its 2005 cancellation. In 2003, he wrote an autobiography about his cable news experience titled "Politicians, Partisans and Parasites: My Adventures in Cable News." His latest book is "Ship of Fools: How a Selfish Ruling Class Is Bringing America to the Brink of Revolution."

Additionally, Carlson founded and acted as editor-in-chief of The Daily Caller, a political news website he launched in 2010.

Carlson graduated with a bachelor's degree in history from Trinity College.

Gerrit Lansing ’02

Lansing
Gerrit Lansing is a senior partner at imge, a digital marketing consulting firm based in Alexandria, Virginia. Prior to imge, Gerritt was Chief Digital Officer at the Republican National Committee from June 2015 to December 2017 before becoming the White House Chief Digital Officer in January 2017. He was Digital Director at the National Republican Congressional Committee from 2012 through 2014. He cofounded Revv, an online payments platform for campaigns and causes, in 2014.

Previously, Gerritt worked as the Press Secretary for the House Budget Committee under Congressman Paul Ryan of Wisconsin and as New Media Director for Congressman Peter Roskam of Illinois.

Gerrit graduated in 2002 from St. George's, 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, Tennessee, where he majored in Ancient Greek and Latin.

Welles Orr ’78

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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.