Thanks to the generosity of the Penn Libraries Board of Overseers and the Orrery Society Council under the leadership of Board Chair, Judy Bollinger, WG'81, PAR'14, and Vice Chair, Erik Gershwind, W'93, the Penn Libraries is delighted to announce the newly endowed H. Carton Rogers III Vice Provost and Director of Libraries position at the University of Pennsylvania. The position bears the name of Vice Provost and Director, H. Carton Rogers III, whose forty-three-year career with the Penn Libraries will conclude with his retirement in June of 2018. A pooled three million dollar gift celebrating Rogers’ legacy at the Penn Libraries make possible the endowment and naming of this position.
“This tremendous gift is a fitting recognition of his profound impact, which will be felt for generations to come,” said University Provost Wendell Pritchett. “President Gutmann and I are indebted to the Libraries Overseers for their generosity in helping us to honor one of our greatest university citizens.” For Pritchett, Rogers’ visionary leadership has not only propelled the Penn Libraries, but has also transformed all facets of educational life at Penn.
“Carton has created a space to enable disciplines to intersect, and to connect theory and practice at Penn,” said Gershwind. Both Gershwind and Bollinger feel Rogers has been integral in positioning the Penn Libraries as the University’s engine for sharing Penn breakthroughs with the world. “He has moved our impact beyond our campus in to the community,” said Gershwind.
In the face of today’s rapidly changing information and data access ecosystem, this gift highlights libraries’ continuing – and ascending – importance and relevance. It also signals some of the Penn Libraries’ greatest donors’ commitment to supporting the Penn Libraries as a people-centric enterprise, one in which the knowledge and creativity of top talent drives an evolution to be essential to users and to meet their scholarly needs in perpetuity.
“We hope that having his name attached to the position inspires future Penn Libraries leaders to innovate and lead boldly,” said Bollinger. Ultimately, endowing this role balances honoring Rogers’ legacy while looking ahead toward building an even brighter future – a familiar harmony for an institution with the mission to weave together time and space.