Local philanthropist and dedicated Columbia community advocate Genie Rogers became a member of the Columbia College Board of Trustees in July 2018. Rogers has been an active member of numerous boards and organizations, including the Downtown Rotary Club, Boone County History and Culture Center, Central Missouri Humane Society and Lenoir Retirement Center. She also recently retired from a 28-year appointment on the Columbia Housing Authority Board of Commissioners.
Rogers has received several awards during her career that has been deeply focused on public service. She was recognized with the Howard B. Lang Award for outstanding volunteer service to the city of Columbia in 2015 and was also named to Inside Columbia Magazine’s COMO 100 top citizens in 2017 among others.
Rogers and her family have been tightly connected to Columbia College nearly since the founding of the school. Her great-great-uncle, Joseph Kirtley Rogers, served as the third president of Christian College from 1858-1877, and shepherded the college through declining economic solvency and the Civil War. He is credited with keeping both the college and First Christian Church, of which he was the minister, open without interruption during the war in a deeply divided Boone County. A sixth-generation Columbian, Rogers is a lifelong member of the same church. She was presented with the Outstanding Leadership Award in 2007 after chairing First Christian’s 175th Anniversary Celebration and then penned a history of the church in 2008 titled From the Frontier to the Future.
Rogers’ great-grandmother, Mary Rogers Banks, served as headmistress of Christian College after the Civil War, and her grandmother, Rose Allison, graduated from CC in the early 1880’s. Rose’s husband, Hartley Hopson Banks, and their son Hartley Garrard Banks, both served on the Board of Trustees. The latter – Rogers’ father – served as president of the board from 1947-71, and presided over several critical transitions at the end of his tenure including the name change to Columbia College, the admission of men to the main campus, and the implementation of the four-year degree program offering. Banks Hall is dedicated in his honor. Also, her late husband, David, served on the board of trustees from 1972-82, including the final three years of his tenure as president and two of their five children are Columbia College alumni.
A graduate of the University of Missouri in 1967, Rogers earned a bachelor’s degree in secondary education and is a member of Phi Lamda Theta Educational Honorary.