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BGSU President Rodney Rogers’ salary will be bumped up to $500,000 in a unanimous vote from the Board of Trustees.

This pay raise of $20,000 comes after over a year and a half of COVID-19. The trustees forewent raising Rogers’ salary in 2020 due to the pandemic.

They cited Rogers’ continuous leadership throughout COVID-19 and the success of the Changing Lives for the World Campaign as reasons to increase his pay.

Rogers also received a 25% bonus — $120,000 — and 20% in deferred compensation with an additional 10% tacked on.

For the third year in a row, Rogers has continued his tradition of donating the 25% bonus back to BGSU, in support of the year-old Life Design program, which is focused on teaching undergraduate students healthy emotional and social practices.

“I contributed the bonus back ... because I believe in BGSU and the work that we are doing and the work that we still have to complete,” he said.

Rogers said he is “humbled” by the pay raise.

“It’s a signal from the Board (of Trustees) that they appreciate the work that is being done to move the institution forward,” he said.

He also thanked the students, faculty and staff for their “hard work” in furthering BGSU.

The trustees also approved the naming of campus spaces after alumni and the Wood County Hospital.

The hospital is being honored with the Wood County Hospital Student Hub in the Health and Human Services Building and the Wood County Hospital Foundation Conference Room in the School of Nursing in Central Hall.

The trustees thanked the hospital for its long-standing educational and philanthropic partnership with BGSU, which includes the opening of the Falcon Health Center in 2013, as reason to acknowledge.

Also in the Health and Human Services building, the trustees honored the late Julian Williford for his contributions to BGSU as a professor in food and nutrition, with the naming of the Julian “Dr. Joe” Williford Food Science Research Lab.

BGSU graduate and founder of Southern Hospitality Group in South Carolina Andrew Cajka was honored with the Andrew B. Cajka Office in the Maurer Center.

The Board of Trustees next meeting is on Dec. 9 and 10.

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