BGSU President to visit Lakeside, July 27

Posted on July 10, 2018

Recently-appointed President of Bowling Green State University (BGSU), Rodney K. Rogers, PhD, and his wife, Sandra Earle, PhD, will visit Lakeside on Friday, July 27. All are invited to meet Rogers and Earle at a reception held in their honor by Kurt and Debby Geisheimer from 6-7:30 p.m. at 541 Laurel Ave. Light supper fare will be served. Reservations are appreciated; RSVP to (419) 350-3595 or kfgeis@wcoil.com.

Prior to the reception, Lakeside is also hosting Timothy W. Davis, PhD, Associate Professor of biology at BGSU, for a presentation on Lake Erie research at 1:30 p.m. in Orchestra Hall. The program will be titled “Learning from the Past: Improving & Maintaining Water Quality in Western Lake Erie Requires Science, Policy & Endurance.” This presentation is held in partnership with Jim Stouffer, of the Catawba Island Club, and the Lake Erie Foundation.

Reception with Rogers and Earle Rogers assumed the role as the 12th president of BGSU on Feb. 23 after serving in the interim post since Jan. 1. Prior to being named president, Rogers had served as Provost/Chief Academic Officer and Senior Vice President since 2012, and before that was the Dean of the BGSU College of Business since 2006.

Experienced in both academia and business, Rogers has a PhD from Case Western Reserve University, a Master of Business Administration from BGSU and a Bachelor of Arts in music from Ohio Northern University. Before completing his doctorate, he practiced as a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) for 10 years.

As BGSU’s Chief Academic Officer, Rogers was a key architect in efforts that have contributed to significant increases in student success. He has overseen the addition of academic programs aimed at meeting today’s workforce needs; increased the opportunities for education abroad, co-ops and internships that prepare students for employment; aligned the university’s budget with its strategic plan; and engaged philanthropic activities that led to scholarships, professorships and facility naming rights.

Rogers is committed to continuing BGSU’s upward trajectory as the campus continually evolves to meet students’ needs and embrace the most current best practices in higher education.

Lecture with Davis For many decades, Lake Erie has oscillated between being the poster child for poor water quality and environmental health due to human activity, and a global example of successful large lake restoration.

Currently, Lake Erie is once again experiencing the symptoms of nutrient pollution, Harmful Algal Blooms (HABs) and hypoxic zones, also known as low oxygen regions. HABs, primarily those that occur in the western basin, have caused human health scares due to contaminated drinking water as well as economic losses to the region. Recently, the State of Ohio listed the open waters of Lake Erie as impaired due to HABs.

Davis will discuss the global trends in degrading water quality and the increasing prevalence of HABs, lessons learned from the past and the current state of the science, as well as what needs to continue in the future to reduce the size, duration and toxicity of HABs in western Lake Erie.

Davis has spent the last 11 years studying the ecology of HABs. He earned a Bachelor of Science at Southampton College of Long Island University in 2004 before moving to Stony Brook University where he conducted his dissertation research focusing on understanding the environmental drivers of HABs in the several lakes throughout the northeastern U.S., including Lake Erie and Lake Champlain.

After completing his dissertation in 2009, Davis moved to Australia to continue his work at the Australia Rivers Institute. In 2012, he moved to the Canadian Center for Inland Waters. Following that position, he worked for National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Great Lakes Environmental Research Laboratory (GLERL) in Ann Arbor. There, he led the monitoring and research program.

In August 2017, he joined the faculty at BGSU. He is also currently the Co-Chair of the National HAB Committee, a member of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Board of Scientific Counselors and sits on the Safe and Sustainable Water Resources sub-committee.

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