Assistant Director of Programs
William Rogers, who goes by the nickname "Brother", is the assistant director for programs. Before joining the Stennis Center in 1990, Brother served as a legislative assistant to U.S. Representative Donald Payne of New Jersey. Brother graduated magna cum laude in 1987 from the University of Alabama, where he earned a bachelor of arts degree in economics, was inducted into Phi Beta Kappa, and was selected as a Harry S. Truman Scholar from Mississippi. He holds a master's degree in public affairs (MPA) from the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University. He grew up in Brandon, Mississippi and was a high school exchange student in Kyoto, Japan.
Brother is active in community affairs. In 2012, he was selected to serve on the Board of Directors of the Mississippi Historical Society. He is a past president of the Starkville chapter of Parents for Public Schools. He is a past president and past lieutenant governor of the Kiwanis Club of Starkville and past vice president of the Starkville Area Habitat for Humanity affiliate. He is a past president of the Board of Directors for the United Way of North Central Mississippi and was the 2002 chair of their annual fund raising campaign. Under his leadership, the United Way set a fund raising record. He served eight years as the facilitator for the Race Relations Team of the Starkville Area Chamber of Commerce and is responsible for the Cool Papa Bell historical marker in Starkville. He is a guest columnist for the Starkville Daily News. He mentors a fourth grader at Ward Stewart Elementary School. Brother was a scout leader from 1999 to 2011 and served two three-year terms as chairman of the Troop Committee for Boy Scout Troop 14. He won the 2011 Bert Reed Award for Outstanding Adult Leadership in Troop 14. He has coached youth soccer and youth baseball teams. He teaches Sunday School at First United Methodist Church, where he served on the Staff/Parish Committee.
He currently is an adjunct professor in the Honors College at the University of Alabama, where he teaches a course on women and political leadership.
He spent four weeks in China with a delegation from Mississippi on a Rotary Group Study Exchange trip. An avid traveler, he has visited five continents, all 50 U.S. state capitals and more than 25 national parks. Brother is an avid Alabama football fan and likes reading presidential biographies. He and his son Andrew, a student at Starkville High School, enjoy music, sports and traveling.