Piedmont’s Vice President of Advancement, Craig Rogers, has only been at the College since July, however, he has already fallen in love.
“I love the liberal arts here at Piedmont. I also love the diverse curriculum at such an amazing school,” Rogers said with excitement. “It is such a cliche saying, but Piedmont’s a ‘diamond in the rough’ with the arts, theater and music on one side, the nursing and business school on the other side and still have this liberal arts core with the education program.”
Rogers is a family man. He lives in Clarksville with his wife and their two sons, Caleb and Connor, who attend school at Piedmont. Rogers is very excited about his job here at Piedmont, but even more ecstatic about how much Piedmont and this area is able to give back to him.
“I have two sons here, and as a customer, I am really happy. As someone who has to market and raise money for the school, it’s a wonderful thing,” Rogers said, adding that he enjoys the work environment. “I like the people I work with quite a bit. Dr. Mellichamp is a great leader, and the other three vice presidents are all really wonderful people. We all have different strengths, and it creates a powerful group.”
Rogers graduated from UNC Chapel Hill, and he earned a master’s in education from Averett University. He has been working in advancement for 33 years now. He has since worked at five schools: Woodberry Forest Boarding School, Mars Hill College, Hampden-Sydney College, Longwood University and Hargrave Military Academy, serving as a leader in advancement and development positions. Rogers has also worked for a Catholic Hospital System and the V Foundation in similar roles. However, after all of these stops, Rogers found Piedmont in a lucky way.
“It was luck finding Piedmont,” he said. “A guy that works for Myers McRae that does professional headhunting called me and asked if I would be interested. I was through with working for the Marines, and I applied for the job here. Over the course of three or four months and talking to people and waiting things out, I ended up getting the offer for the job, and it is great. This is the best job I have ever had.”