University at Albany

Excellence in Professional Service

Each year, the University at Albany honors special members of its community with Excellence Awards denoting exceptional contributions to the life of the campus. Three staff members received this tribute in 2004 for Excellence in Professional Service.

Charles RogersCharles RogersResidential Life

Known as “the Mayor” for his uncanny ability to build rapport with students and deal with their conflicts, Charles Rogers has served his alma mater as residence director, quadrangle coordinator, assistant director of Residential Life for Judicial Affairs, and as a member of the Physical Plant before moving into his current role as associate director of Residential Life. Employed by the University since 1992, Rogers has a strong work ethic and has established himself as a leader among his peers.

One of Rogers’ primary concerns is building an environment where students feel comfortable discussing their ideas with staff members. “Charles immediately proved to not only be an excellent supervisor, but also an exceptional role model,” noted Clarence McNeill, the associate director of Judicial Affairs. “Besides his infectiously positive and carefree personality, his social interaction and organizational skills were well beyond the skill level of any supervisor I had ever encountered.”

Rogers has been called a team player by many of his peers. “He is a man of great character in every area of his life, and this carries over into the work place,” wrote Shai Brown, assistant director of Residential Life. “It does not matter if he is dealing with a student or with a professional — he consistently gives generously of himself and will exert every effort to help find solutions to any problem.”

Wrote Rogers of his employment with University, “I feel truly fortunate to have had positions at the University that I have enjoyed, and in which I was also a role model for students and staff. Being an alumnus from the University’s Educational Opportunity Program taught me what is achievable when I put the interests of others first.”

Excellence in Professional Service

Christine Bouchard Arleen deGonzague Charles Rogers


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