theodore c. rogers, grad '68
If you want to keep up with Ted Rogers, you’re going to have to move fast.
For one, he has run 27 consecutive New York City Marathons. He plans to participate in number 28 this November. To share his love of running and make it possible for all others, he co-founded the Achilles Track Club, an organization that helps people with disabilities participate in long-distance running.
Ted also moves deftly among three other worlds: big business, philanthropy and the arts.
In 1988, with partner W. Richard Bingham, he co-founded American Industrial Partners, a private equity firm with one billion dollars of invested equity capital. Ted is the firm’s chairman.
He has served on the boards of four Fortune 500 companies, as well as several private ones. Currently he is non-executive chairman of Great Lakes Carbon and Milwaukee-based Bucyrus International, Inc. Prior to this, he was executive vice president of Armco Steel Corporation and chairman and CEO of NL Industries.
Ted has also served on the boards of many arts and cultural organizations, both in Houston, and in New York City, where he now lives with his wife Betsy, author of seven books, including a seminal textbook used in university-level landscape architecture programs, and a National Book Award nominee.
Ted is also a passionate supporter of the arts. He is on the board and chairman emeritus of the New York City Ballet; chairman of Theatre for a New Audience, the only American theatre company invited by the Royal Shakespeare Company to perform at Stratford-on-Avon; vice chairman of the board of governors at St. John’s College; and is also on the boards of Poets and Writers magazine, The New York Society Library and The City Center for Music and Drama.
In addition to his M.B.A. from Marquette, Ted holds a B.S. from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio; a master’s of liberal arts degree from St. John’s College; and an honorary doctorate of humane letters, which Miami University presented to him in 2003.