Major Contributor of Idaho State University Dies at Home in Las Vegas

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Updated: 6/16/2014 10:43 pm
 Jim Rogers was a businessman who owned several NBC affiliate television stations throughout the West, such as our very own KPVI News 6 right here in Pocatello, which he just recently sold. Chair of the James E. Rogers department of communication, media and persuasion, Jim DiSanza says among his other business adventures, he was also an advocate for education and was passionate about helping Idaho State University and it's students.

"He was always looking to help individuals and it wasn't just on a mass giving scale.  He would help individual students who would just call him and needed advice, says Jim DiSanza, Chair of James E. Rogers Department of Communication, Media and Persuasion.

Besides helping students out, Rogers also made many major contributions to the Mass Communications Department at ISU

"His interest in Pocatello partly because his interest seemed to move wherever his business interest moved and so as his business expanded his donations expanded and his generosity expanded,” added DiSanza.

 This is just one example of Rogers generous contributions. All of the expensive software on these computers, are paid for through his endowments.

"The state provides the basics, but they can't provide everything needed to round out an education and that's what a great person like Jim Rogers does.  He provides that extra money to round out a student's education,” says DiSanza.

DiSanza says ISU has lost a great leader and donor, and all the students that came through Idaho State have a bit of a better education than they could have otherwise, due to what Rogers did for them.

"He was very concerned about the next generation in this country in getting them off on the best foot possible,” concluded DiSanza.

Rogers died Sunday evening in his home in Las Vegas after a battle with cancer. He was 75 years old.

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DevelopmentOne - 6/17/2014 9:23 AM
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Jim was one of the all time greats. I had the honor of working with him on ISU's first ever capital campaign -- in large and significant measure, the overwhelming success of that effort was due to his presence and leadership. Whether in a few words -- or many -- his advice and counsel were always on target; and his passion was foremost. Though I've had the most pleasurable opportunity to work some of the most brilliant, insightful and productive leaders in business, education, and medicine -- all over this country -- Jim will go down, in my mind, as the crème de la crème -- the best of the best. Thank you my friend -- rest in peace. dlh
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