Dr. Sandra Rogers is the international vice president at Brigham Young University. She has responsibility for the David M. Kennedy Center for International Studies, the Ambassadorial Visits Program, and BYU’s student abroad programs. In addition, she oversees the university’s Division of Continuing Education.
Dr. Rogers previously served as the associate academic vice president for International, Distance and Continuing Education. She has broad experience in the international arena. She has studied, served, and worked in countries such as the Philippines, Nigeria, Jordan, and Romania.
In addition to serving as a missionary for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in the Philippines, Dr. Rogers has worked with the Church's Humanitarian Services Committee in Africa and Eastern Europe. As a nursing professor, she was asked to serve as a consultant for numerous international programs, including training and development projects funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID).
Dr. Rogers also served as dean of BYU’s College of Nursing for six years. Her research has focused on primary health care programs.
She earned her doctoral degree from the University of California—San Francisco, specializing in international, cross-cultural nursing. She also holds degrees from the University of Arizona and Brigham Young University.
Anyone who knows Erlend Peterson or "Pete," knows of his love for international outreach and the many opportunities Pete has had with international outreach programs through his Brigham Young University roles, church assignments, civic services, and personal initiatives. Pete has been credited with finding a key to establishing lasting ties and friendships with leaders and diplomats from all parts of the world. As a result, in 2001 President Merrill J. Bateman appointed Pete as associate international vice president at Brigham Young University.
Pete became involved in Brigham Young University's international efforts in 1973, when he was named assistant dean of the Division of Admissions and Records and given responsibility for the university's international scholarship programs. In 1985, he was appointed an associate of the David M. Kennedy Center for International Studies, and in 1990, he was named dean of Admissions and Records.
With his gifts of diplomacy, vision, and leadership, Pete has established several successful international programs at BYU, such as the university's Scandinavian Lecture Series, international scholarship programs, and the Brigham Young University Ambassadorial Lecture Series.
In 1997, the King of Norway recognized Pete for his lifelong service by giving Norway's highest commendation to a non-Norwegian and knighted him as a Knight First Class in the Royal Norwegian Order of Merit. Pete's association with the Norwegian people began in the 1960s, when he served as a missionary in Norway. He later returned to preside over the Norway-Oslo Mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
Pete's diplomacy has extended beyond Scandinavia, however. In 1996, during Utah's centennial celebration, he was asked to coordinate the Utah Statehood Centennial Ambassadorial Visits Program. In that year, forty-two ambassadors visited Utah. Seeing the success of the program, Pete established the Brigham Young University Ambassadorial Lecture Series, which brings five to ten ambassadors a year to Utah and BYU. In addition, he has helped establish important ties with the leaders of several Middle Eastern countries. In recognition of Pete's international contributions to the university and the State of Utah, the Days of 47 Committee designated Pete as a 2001 "Pioneer of Progress." He also received the International Award of Utah 2005, presented by the World Trade Association of Utah.
Pete began his full-time employment at BYU in 1966 and holds three degrees from the university: a bachelor's degree in business; a master's degree in sociology; and, a doctoral degree in educational administration. Pete is married to Colleen Dawn Keith. They have six children and eighteen grandchildren.