Winona State University has a new No 2.
Patricia Rogers has been appointed as the new provost and vice president of academic affairs, the university announced Friday. She plans to start July 15.
Rogers is currently at Bemidji State University in northern Minnesota, where she has served as the dean and interim dean for the College of Health Science and Human Ecology and the School of Graduate Studies. Prior to that, she was a longtime professor at the university, and previously worked at the University of Minnesota as a cancer researcher.
“Rogers brings valued expertise to Winona State University,” said WSU President Scott Olson in a statement. “Her understanding of how Minnesota state universities operate and her experience with building and supporting new academic initiatives prepare her to take on this new leadership role.”
Rogers will replace Nancy Jannik, who has served in the role on an interim basis since 2011 after a search where Jannik was chosen over two external candidates. The position hadn’t been filled permanently for two years largely because of the university’s leadership transition: Former president Judith Ramaley stepped down in May 2012, and Olson began that July.
Rogers was one of four initial finalists for the job when the university announced the list back in March, but it wasn’t immediately clear that she was the top pick — the university extended the search in April, inviting an additional three candidates for on-campus interviews.