HIGH PROFILE: UALR Chancellor Andrew Rogerson settling into Little Rock culture, learning to love sports

University leader is artist, scientist and jack-of-all-trades

Posted: June 10, 2018 at 4:30 a.m.

UALR Chancellor Andrew Rogerson is shown in this file photo.

Throughout the many stops in his illustrious university career, Andrew Rogerson found college football and basketball difficult to follow. In fact, he never tossed a baseball in his life before throwing out the first pitch at a recent University of Arkansas at Little Rock baseball game.

SELF PORTRAIT

Andrew Rogerson

• DATE AND PLACE OF BIRTH: Jan. 1, 1953, Glasgow, Scotland

• FAMILY: Wife, Janessa, a former marketer of boutique wines; daughter, Zoe, 28, of Santa Rosa, Calif.; sisters, Margot and Ann, both of the United Kingdom.

• IN MY FREE TIME, I: Join my wife at a gym and on walks in the neighborhoods around UALR. I also like to paint and ride bicycles and motorcycles.

• WHEN I MET MY WIFE: It was a beautiful sunny day and I thought I didn't want to go home yet so I went to a [California] winery. I had a glass of wine and read my book and she happened to be working there. We met on a wine tasting. It was very nice, pure chance.

• MY FANTASY DINNER PARTY GUESTS WOULD INCLUDE: Scientists Stephen Jay Gould and Charles Darwin, artists David Hockney and Edward Hopper, and musicians Leonard Cohen and Natalie Merchant.

• A RECENT BOOK I ENJOYED: The Lewis Trilogy by Peter May.

• ONE WORD TO DESCRIBE ME: Innovative.

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