Distinguished Alumni

The Distinguished Alumni Award is presented annually by the UW-Barron County Foundation to outstanding UW-BC alumni who reflect the ideals of UW quality and have established an exceptional reputation in their careers and communities.

The UW-BC Foundation is soliciting nominations from the public for the Distinguished Alumni Award. The criteria and selection process has been determined by the Friends of the University Committee of the UW-BC Foundation. The nomination form should be submitted by April 1st of each year.

2016: Michael A. Rogers

Mike RogersClass of 1975
Cumberland, WI

For 28 years, Mike Rogers served the students, faculty, staff, and administration of the University of Wisconsin-Barron County with outstanding dedication and effectiveness. His official titles were, first, Business Manager, and then later Assistant Dean for Administration and Finance. His work enabled the three Deans he supported as well as one Acting Dean to administer the affairs of the campus confident that the financial picture was clear and accurate. In doing so, he provided those officers with astute advice as well moral support. At the same time, Mike managed the day-day-to-day financial affairs of the campus highly efficiently, ensuring that audits were clear, bills were paid, and contingencies were anticipated. He supervised the financial, physical plant, and information technology staff with respect for those employees while ensuring that the needs of the campus and its students were met.

Mike's work in implementing the University of Wisconsin Colleges Enrollment Management Program at the campus was the highlight of a long career of effective service. Most importantly, he uncovered flaws in the original planning of the project that would have rendered it unworkable and would have cost the Barron County campus the loss of very significant financial resources.

Equally important was his management of long-term planning for the physical needs of the campus, particularly overseeing major and minor construction projects and working with the Barron County Board of Supervisors to ensure that the needed funds were allocated and then properly spent. His management of the 2005-2006 campus enhancement construction project, bringing together the resources of the County and the University of Wisconsin, which covered the costs of equipping the building, was masterful, requiring enormous attention to detail, diplomatic skill, and long hours of work.

Mike retired from UW-BC in March of 2016.

While a student at UW-Barron County, Mike was involved in the campus theatre program, including a role in "The Man of La Mancha." He received his Bachelor’s Degree in Business from UW-River Falls in 1978.

Previous Alumni Honorees

Read about our previous Distinguished Alumni honorees.