Rogers Accepts Guilford Presidency
Professor to Join Quaker College in July
William R. Rogers Jr., Parkman Professor of Divinity and professor of Psychology, will leave Harvard in July to become president of Guilford College in Greensboro, N.C.
Rogers presently chairs the Department of Applied Theology at the Divinity School and serves as acting chairman of the Program in Counseling and Consulting Psychology at the Graduate School of Education.
Rogers--who has done research work at Harvard for 12 years--said yesterday he will continue his studies of human nature at Guilford, a Quaker college with an enrollment of 1600 students.
"Guilford has a very strong sense of social and ethical responsibility--it's a solid and close community which practices Quaker values," Rogers said yesterday.
Harvard, however, "values autonomy in high measure, and this can lead to personal isolation," he added.
Rogers said he feels a strong personal commitment to the future of Quaker higher education adding he believes "Guilford is one of the best kept academic secrets around."
Before coming to Harvard in 1968, Rogers was associate dean, professor of religion and psychology and director of student counseling at another Quaker school, Earlham College in Richmond Ind.
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Rogers said he came to Harvard because of its "extensive opportunities for research" and has found it "a very rewarding place to work despite its large size."
The Divinity School has not yet appointed anyone to fill his vacant position, Rogers said, adding that Rachael Hare-Mustin will replace him in the Ed School post.
John B. Carman, professor of Comparative Religion and director of the Center for the Study of World Religions said yesterday, "Rogers is held in great esteem both by members of the faculty and by students." He added that he believes Rogers' departure will prove a great loss to the Harvard community.