Ted Rogers

Ted Rogers’ career and accomplishments are planted firmly in both the world of business and in arts and philanthropy.In the business world he has served on the boards of four Fortune Five Hundred companies, including Allied Signal, Allied Stores (Brooks Brothers, Anne Taylor, Bonwit Teller), NL Industries and the Parsons Corporation, as well as numerous private companies. He currently serves as the non-executive Chairman of Milwaukee based Bucyrus International and Toronto Stock Exchange listed Great Lakes Carbon. He has held the position of Executive Vice President of Armco Steel Corporation as well as Chairman and CEO of NL Industries. With his partner W. Richard Bingham, he co-founded American Industrial Partners, a private equity firm with one billion dollars of invested equity capital.

Social responsibility and dedication to the arts is a hallmark of Ted’s life. In Houston, he was a founding board member of the Palmer Drug Abuse Center, Board member of the Houston Ballet, Chairman of the University Club and led the United Way’s annual fund drive to a record setting increase. In New York he served as Chairman of the New York City Ballet for seven years in the period following George Balanchine’s death; he remains Chairman Emeritus of that organization. He is currently Chairman of the Theatre for a New Audience, the first American theatre company to be invited by the Royal Shakespeare Company to produce and perform Shakespeare at Stratford-on-Avon. In addition, he is Vice Chairman of the board of Governors of St. John’s College. Ted has served on the board of Poets and Writers for over twenty years. He is also a board member of The New York Society Library, a library charted by King George and the third oldest library in the United States. Ted’s other affiliations include board membership of the Film Forum and the Achilles Track Club, which he helped to found. He has been elected a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Science and in 2010 was awarded the Beta Gamma Sigma Medallion for entrepreneurship and business ethics.

An avid life-long runner, Ted has run thirty-two consecutive New York City Marathons and continues his interest in the sport, looking forward to his thirty-third this coming November.

A man of intellectual curiosity who places a high value on non-stop learning, Ted Rogers started with a Bachelor of Science Degree from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. While at Miami was elected to Kappa Phi Kappa, an education honorary and joined the Sigma Chi Fraternity. In 2005, he was elected to the Sigma Chi Hall of Fame. He received his Masters of Business from Marquette University where he was elected to Beta Gamma Sigma. Ted also holds a Masters of Liberal Arts from St. John’s College. In 2003 he gave the Commencement Address at Miami University and was awarded an Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters.

Ted served in the United States Navy where he attained the rank of Lieutenant. He is married to Elizabeth Barlow Rogers. Betsy has authored seven books; her first book, “The Forest and Wetlands of New York City” was nominated for a National Book Award and her last book, “Landscape Design: A Cultural and Architectural History” is used by most colleges and universities as basic text in their Landscape Design programs. She is the founder of the Central Park Conservancy, one of the country’s first Public-Private Partnerships, and is widely recognized as the “person who saved Central Park”. She is currently the President of the Foundation for Landscape Studies and the publisher of the journal “Site Lines”.

Ted and Betsy live in New York City.

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Pictured above: Polonsky Shakespeare Center, photo ©David Sundberg/Esto.