Rogers Ford, Chair

Education

  • 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

Work

  • 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

Service/Interests

  • 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

Family

  • 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

Quote

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.