Earl Rogers '71
1998 Award of Honor
Earl Rogers is a native of Bristol, Tenn., where he graduated from Tennessee High School. While a student at ETSU, he served as comptroller in Sigma Phi Epsilon, an officer in the ROTC corps, and continued to work while attending school.
In March 1971, he was informed that he had been selected as a distinguished military graduate, that he was to be commissioned within the week, and to report to Fort Benning, Ga. the next week. College life was over. Rogers was selected as an honor graduate from the U.S. Army Infantry Officer School. During his military career, he was selected to attend various Army schools, the Navy's SERE school and the Marines' Amphibious Reconnaissance Course. Rogers was selected to be on the Army team that developed 'Real World' training scenarios after the Arab/ Israeli war of 1973. He last served as Senior Instructor in the Department of Tactical Intelligence, U.S. Military Intelligence School, where he was also a command briefing officer and was recognized as an outstanding instructor.
In December 1976, Rogers joined the John Harland Company, a financial services company, most noted as the second largest check printer in the U.S. He began his career as a manager trainee in Columbia, S. C., and has served in various manufacturing and managerial positions, working his way up the corporate ladder. Rogers' leadership helped to diversify Harland, and today, it also is a provider of software solutions, consulting services and survey products to the financial industry.
In January of 1996, he was named President of the newly organized Printed Products Division, which includes three of Harland's business groups. He is presently responsible for a $450 million business that includes over 4000 employees working in 24 facilities. In June 1996, he was selected by the CEO to attend a three-week executive management course at Harvard with other professionals from 29 nations.
In 1995, he served as executive sponsor for Harland's participation in the Atlanta Project. Rogers is also the president of the industry trade organization, the Financial Stationers Association, and is a board member of Gwinnett Industries, Inc., an industrial development company. He has coached youth athletic teams, and recently served on his community high school's building committee with another graduate of ETSU, athletic director and head football coach Charlie Jordan. This small group planned, raised funds and built a $1.1 million stadium and athletic complex.
He is married to the former Shirley Faidley '70 also of Bristol, and they reside just outside Atlanta. They have two children. Chad is graduating this June from the University of West Georgia and plans on being a high school teacher and coach. Amanda will graduate from Auburn next spring with a degree in Business Management.