Nevada Senator Harry Reid released the following statement on the passing of Jim Rogers:
Jim and I were contemporaries while practicing law, and what a terrific lawyer he was. And his talents were not limited to law. What he has done in the communications world is record setting, and not just in Nevada but in the western United States. What he has done in education is superb. His philanthropic endeavors are unsurpassed in the state of Nevada. He was my friend and his friendship to me I will always remember.
Governor Brian Sandoval:
With the passing of Jim Rogers, Nevada has lost one of its most outspoken and fearless advocates. Jim was nationally recognized as a successful philanthropist and business leader. In the State of Nevada, he was so much more. Jim dedicated his time and resources to advancing our education system and as chancellor of higher education, was fierce in his commitment to make sure our students had the resources they needed to succeed.
Jim’s legacy will live on in the many lives he touched throughout his truly remarkable career. Kathleen and I send our most heartfelt condolences to his wife Beverly and his family and friends in this time of mourning.
Congressman Steven Horsford Statement:
Jim Rogers was a tireless advocate for quality schools in a state that desperately needed an outspoken champion of education. As chancellor and beyond, he demonstrated a unending commitment to improving the lives of students and children in Nevada. The depth of his charity was unmatched.
Jim told the Las Vegas Sun that he had 'one shot going through this life. I want to make sure I do as much as I can.'
There is no doubt that he surpassed even his highest expectations. He had a huge impact on Nevada, and he will be missed.
My thoughts and prayers are with his wife Beverly and his children.
Congresswoman Dina Titus
Jim Rogers had no fear. His business acumen, philanthropic generosity, and ferocious passion for learning made him a true game changer. He started the conversation, directed the dialogue, and produced results that propelled Nevada, sometimes kicking and screaming, toward a brighter future.
Former Governor Bob Miller
Jim received a lifetime achievement award for public service a few weeks ago. While he was too weak to stand, when he accepted the award from his seat he fearlessly advocated that we as community needed to be doing more for education.
Jim Rogers was the exemplary role model for giving back to the community. His particular passion and devotion to education, specifically his unmatched generosity and resolute attention for higher education, is a legacy that will be a challenge for us all to live up to.
He advocated on behalf of others, not himself. He was tireless in improving opportunities for everyone through education – not just in Nevada, but everywhere. He served with distinction and without expectation of any gain as Chancellor of the Nevada System of Higher Education. He was a champion for those that did not have a voice.
By losing Jim, we in Nevada have lost one of our most vocal leaders for increasing education opportunities. It will be difficult to imagine any other person having done so much for so many. My family and I have frequently sought Jim’s guidance. He even took time out of his busy schedule to help advise my daughter, Megan, on where she should go to law school. While I have lost a personal friend, Nevada has lost its most passionate advocate. My family expresses condolences for his wife, Beverly, his children, Suzanne Rogers Plant, Kimberly Rogers Cell, and Perry Rogers, and his grandchildren.
LAS VEGAS, NV - A former chancellor of the Nevada System of Higher Education who held the job for free has died, according to media reports out of Las Vegas.
The Las Vegas Sun and KSNV-TV report Jim Rogers died Saturday night at age 75 after dealing with cancer for several years.
Rogers served as chancellor from 2005-2009, but also spent years as an attorney and education advocate, giving millions of dollars to law schools at UNLV and the University of Arizona, his alma mater. He also owned NBC-TV affiliates in Reno, Las Vegas and Elko.
Plans for funeral services haven't been announced.