Rogers Ford, Chair


  • BS Social Studies & English: Tuskegee Institute, Alabama, 1968
  • MS Guidance Counseling and Administration: Arkansas State University, 1971
  • Continuing Education, Memphis State, 1992
  • Specialist Administration: Arkansas State University, 1993


  • 1968 – 1971: Social Studies Teacher, Rivercrest High School
  • 1971 – 1986: Guidance Counselor, Rivercrest High School
  • 1986 – 2002: Principal, Rivercrest High School
  • 2002 – 2003: Assistant Superintendent, South Mississippi County School District
  • 2003 – 2009: Superintendent, South Mississippi County School District
  • 2009 – 2010: Consultant & Education Specialist, Terrell School District
  • 25 years: Adjunct Professor of Social Studies, Arkansas Northeastern College


  • Mississippi County Literacy Council Board
  • Mississippi County Library Systems Board
  • Great River Medical Board
  • Foundation Board
  • Osceola Rotary member and Board
  • First Baptist Frenchman’s Bayou member, choir member, adult Sunday School teacher, Deacon Board
  • Active Gideon
  • Avid gardener: especially grows sweet potatoes as volunteer service


  • Married 48 years to Gloria; retired after 34 years as 3rd grade teacher
  • Daughter Renea of Little Rock; lawyer and assistant to state Attorney General
  • Daughter Roshell of West Memphis; assistant to ASU West Memphis President


Part of literacy is the chance to advance economically. The more literate one becomes, the better his opportunities are. It’s hard to imagine in 2017 that there are those who can’t sign their own names, but there are. We [MCLC] are important because we help people who fall through the cracks: adults whose parents never valued education, and who kept them out of school when they were young.