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George Rogers Jr., CPA (retired). He is currently Chairman of the Southern University College of Business Advisory Council. Mr. Rogers has actively supported the College of Business since 1976 through student recruitment activities and raising funds to support initiatives to enhance students and faculty development opportunities.
George served as Chief Financial Officer and Board member of Contract Services Inc. (CSI) from 1994 to 2013, a defense contracting company started by his brother in 1998, with annual revenue in excess of $20 million. In 1999 he represented the company at a trade conference in Johannesburg, South Africa.
Mr. Rogers joined International Paper (IP) as a cost accountant in June 1969. After rising to the position of Mill Cost Accounting Supervisor: The first African-American to hold such a position in the company’s history. He transferred to the company’s Corporate Headquarters in New York City where he served as Manager of Manufacturing Cost Analysis and later Manager of Corporate Budgets and Forecasting. After moving to IP’s Operating Headquarters in Memphis, Tn. as Manager of Finance Education he developed an internal Finance education program and taught capital budgeting classes in the US and Ireland. He later transferred to Corporate Accounting and where he developed and implementation an activity-based cost allocation system. As Senior Accounting Manger his responsibilities included the corporate ledger, inter/intra company account reconciliation process, and ledger integration activities for three of the largest acquisitions / mergers in the forest products industry, totaling over $18 Billion. He retired from IP in 2008.
George is a member for numerous professional organizations and earned many awards and recognitions throughout his career including, AICPA member, Arkansas Society of CPA’s, AICPA Minority Recruitment Committee member, American Society of Training and Development (ASTD) member, Memphis Diversity Communications Report Team, IP Corporate Finance Diversity Council, Panelist AACSB Annual Conference Business School Advisory Council, Diversity Trainer for IP’s Finance Organization, Panelist at AICPA Summer Institute for HBCU Business Schools, Corporate Volunteer Council member, IP Chairman’s Key Contributors Coin and Key Drivers awards, the Memphis Silver Star News Community Service Award, Beta Gama Sigma member, Panelist at Annual HBCU School of Business School Dean’s Summit, and the Southern University College of Business Distinguished Alumni Award. He also threw out the first pitch at the Minor League All Star Baseball Game.
George served in leadership roles in non-profit organizations such as: Women in Community Service (WICS) Board of Directors (Audit Committee Chair and Treasurer); National Association of Black Accountants Memphis Chapter (Chairman, Fundraising Committee); Volunteers of IP (Chairman); New York Employee Federal Credit Union Board of Directors (Treasurer); and Southern University Memphis Alumni Chapter (Treasurer and President).
George is a member of the Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity and the Free and Accepted Masons.
Mr. Rogers is a native of Plaquemine, La. (Iberville High School) and a graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting. George is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) and completed several certification courses including: Course Development and Instructor Certification (University of Michigan); an AACSB Professionally Qualified Faculty Certification (The Ohio State University). In 2009 he attended the Annual Entrepreneurial Conference at the Makerere University Business School in Uganda, Africa.
Georg resides in Germantown, Tn. His wife Shirley Rogers is a graduate of University of Arkansas Pine Bluff. His daughter Marissa A. Rogers received a B.S. degree from Hampton University in Accounting and a Masters in Public Policy from George Mason University.