Lubbock Christian University announces that Dr. Toby Rogers has been appointed as Dean of the B. Ward Lane College of Professional Studies. He will be replacing Dr. Gary Estep who has served the last year as the interim dean of the college.
“Dr. Toby Rogers is uniquely prepared to assume the deanship of the B. Ward Lane College of Professional Studies,” said President Tim Perrin. “During his tenure at Lubbock Christian University, he has distinguished himself as an excellent teacher and a serious scholar, and has provided outstanding leadership in the Exercise and Sports Science Department. A man of deep faith and a humble spirit, he beautifully embodies LCU’s distinctive mission.”
Since childhood Dr. Rogers has grown to love LCU and its mission. His father, Larry Rogers, is a retired LCU professor and his mother, Ella Ruth Jones, is a former staff member. As a student at LCU, Dr. Rogers was influenced by coaches and faculty who helped him succeed in his pursuit in the physical therapy profession. When he graduated from LCU in 1995 and began to pursue his doctorate degree, he experienced a renewed passion for teaching and a desire to promote Christian higher education.
“Dr. Rogers brings a wealth of tools to this job. One of the things that ensured his selection, however, was his passion for the mission of Lubbock Christian University as demonstrated by his loyalty to the university as well as to the success of the students,” said Dr. Rod Blackwood, Chief Academic Officer at LCU. “He has great vision and dreams for this university and will definitely have a tremendous impact upon its future.”
Dr. Rogers returned to LCU ten years ago as an exercise and sports science professor. He teaches classes ranging from Physiology of Exercise to Leadership Renewal and Wellness. Since 2003, Dr. Rogers has served as the Chairman of the Exercise and Sport Sciences Department, and he is currently serving his second year as the Assistant Dean for the B. Ward Lane College of Professional Studies.
“I am indebted to the LCU community for all of the opportunities it has provided me and would like to say what an honor it is to be able to give back and serve in this capacity,” said Dr. Rogers. “"It's exciting to dream about and work toward enhancing the student experience. I look forward to promoting new ways of fostering the faculty-to-student mentoring relationships through enhanced experiential learning opportunities.”
Dr. Rogers graduated from Lubbock Christian University in 1995 with a B.S. in Biology. He then went to Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center (TTUHSC) and received a M.S. in Physical Therapy in 1998. Dr. Rogers began practicing PT in 1998 at University Medical Center (UMC) in Lubbock. During his tenure at UMC his experiences involved acute care, burns and wound care, and outpatient orthopedics, with the majority of his time spent in the Outpatient Therapy Center. In 2000, as a Physical Therapist he began work on a Ph.D. at Texas Tech University. The emphasis of his doctoral work completed in 2006 was Orthopedic Sciences related to Biomechanics and Motor Learning. After practicing physical therapy for approximately five years, he taught in the Masters of Physical Therapy Program at TTUHSC in Odessa for the 2002-2003 school year. In August of 2003 he returned to LCU. He is married to Jessica (Dahlstrom '96) Rogers and has three sons: Coby, Zack, and Josh.