Noted Biologist Andrew Rogerson Named New Provost

a_rogerson.jpegDr. Andrew Rogerson, Dean of the College of Science and Mathematics at CSU Fresno, has been named Provost, Vice President for Academic Affairs and Chief Academic Officer at Sonoma State University. He assumes his post at SSU effective July 18, 2011. Rogerson replaces Dr. Saeid Rahimi, the interim provost, who is returning to teaching.

Rogerson has ten years of administrative experience and has served at Fresno State since 2008. A professor of biology, he also served as the Dean of the College of Science at Marshall University (West Virginia) and as the Associate Dean and Director of Graduate Programs at the Oceanographic Center of Nova Southeastern University, Florida.

"Dr. Rogerson is an excellent choice as Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs at Sonoma. His background in administrative leadership, teaching and scholarship fit well with Sonoma's philosophies and with the future growth of higher education. Serving as the primary supervisor for Ph.D. students has kept him in close touch with student learning and with his faculty colleagues," says Ruben Armiñana, SSU President.

Rogerson earned his Ph.D. in microbial ecology from the University of Stirling, Scotland. Throughout his 28-year academic career, he has demonstrated considerable experience in research and teaching within many biological disciplines including ecology, taxonomy, physiology, and cell and molecular biology. He has more than 120 publications in refereed scientific journals and $2 million in external funding.

His broad national and international experience in the sciences has been gained from working in many universities including the University of London, the University of California at Santa Barbara, the University of Toronto and the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology as well as NSU and Marshall. He also has worked in two government laboratories - the Institute of Freshwater Ecology in the United Kingdom, and Atlantic Research Laboratory in Canada.

His recent research has focused in three broad areas: ecological role of amoebae, fecal contamination of beaches and verification of ballast water treatment systems. Rogerson has been a long standing associate editor of the Journal of Eukaryotic Microbiology, was one of seven invited scientists who participated in a scientific advisory board revising best waste water practices of cruise ships and has served for seven years on the Coast Guard's Environmental Technology Panel.

"I am a firm believer that the value of university scholarship is enormous and the benefit to our students is without question. Scholarship with faculty is often the vital spark to ignite active learning and is one of the keys to student success. I am very enthusiastic about the opportunity to make Sonoma State University even more distinctive among the nation's institutes of higher learning," says Rogerson.

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