Joyce Q. Rogers Appointed Vice President for Development and External Relations for Diversity, Equity, and Multicultural Affairs by the Indiana University Foundation


Joyce Q. Rogers, Class of 1996

The Indiana University Foundation has appointed Joyce Q. Rogers, ‘96 as vice president for development and external relations for Diversity, Equity, and Multicultural Affairs (DEMA) and senior advisor for strategic development initiatives. The newly created position is charged with increasing the presence and significance of the university among prospective and current minority students, alumni, business and community leaders, and donors. Emphasis will be placed on securing private support for the university’s diversity and inclusiveness initiatives, particularly those related to the Bloomington campus.

“Joyce Rogers is an extraordinarily accomplished leader possessing talents and skills that will enable Indiana University to more readily and effectively accomplish a broad range of strategic objectives designed to strengthen our institution, including those focusing on enhancing the student experience, diversity, and inclusiveness,” IU President Michael A. McRobbie said. “She has distinguished herself in every facet of her work and enjoys the respect and admiration of all of those with whom she interacts by virtue of her exceptional character and integrity. We welcome her to IU.”

Rogers is currently vice president for development for Ivy Tech Community College, where she is responsible for day-to-day operations for development. Under her leadership, the Ivy Tech Foundation’s assets have increased by nearly $100 million, growing the foundation’s total managed assets to more than $150 million. Also with her direction, the foundation advanced a statewide development plan with a $500 million goal by 2019; rebranded and created a statewide marketing plan for development; implemented a statewide database system to increase accountability; and established the college’s first statewide alumni program, doubling assets the first year.

Rogers came to Ivy Tech from the Indiana Black Expo, Inc. (IBE), where she served as president and CEO. In this role, she managed the organization’s youth and family programs and more than 50 events annually—including the largest African American event of its kind in the nation. From 2004 to 2007, Rogers grew IBE’s revenue by $1.1 million and increased the economic impact for the city of Indianapolis by more than $15 million. Prior to being appointed president and CEO, Rogers was hired as the organization’s first chief operating officer in 2001. Before joining IBE, Rogers was director of contract management for the Indiana Family and Social Services Administration.

“Joyce is tremendously well respected throughout the state, and has the talent and vision to help IU in realizing our goals for diversity and equity,” said IU Executive Vice President and IU Bloomington Provost Lauren Robel. “We are delighted to welcome her to IU Bloomington, and eager to benefit from her expertise in creating the connections and the climate to assure success for underrepresented minority and first-generation students.” 

In her new role, Rogers will collaborate with DEMA, the IU Foundation, and campus senior officers in developing and executing student recruitment, external relations, and fundraising strategies that support and advance diversity and inclusiveness initiatives at IU.  She will also help to define and manage a board of advisors to support DEMA in fulfilling its mission. 

“I'm thrilled to have Joyce Rogers join our team. Her breadth of experience, expertise in fundraising and relationship building, and passion for diversity issues will help Indiana University tremendously,” said James C. Wimbush, IU vice president for DEMA and dean of the University Graduate School. “She will hit the ground running.”

Rogers will work with IU Foundation President and CEO Dan Smith in creating and implementing an action-oriented strategy for increasing the philanthropic support for DEMA’s current and new initiatives. She will also be conducting a fundraising feasibility study that will lead to a five-year plan that will guide fundraising activities for diversity and inclusiveness initiatives.

In reflecting on her new role, Rogers said, “Indiana University allowed me to fulfill my childhood dream of becoming a lawyer. It is a humbling honor to work alongside such a dedicated team of students, faculty, staff, and supporters as we strive to give all students the opportunity to realize their educational aspirations.”

Rogers is highly engaged in a wide range of community and civic organizations. She is a member of the American, Indiana, Marion County and Indianapolis Bar Associations and has served on numerous boards and committees including the Mind Trust, WFYI, Dress for Success, Brebeuf Jesuit Board of Trustees, the Ivy Tech Community College Regional Board for Indianapolis, Stanley K. Lacey Leadership Association, Family Support Board, United Way, Indiana Fever Advisory Board, and the Women’s Collaborative of Central Indiana. She has also served as an active member of her church, and chair of its board of trustees.

Rogers earned her BS in psychology from Indiana State University and her JD from the Indiana University McKinney School of Law. She and her husband, Kenneth, reside in Indianapolis and have two daughters and one son.

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