The Department of Physical Education, Athletics and Recreation prides itself upon the diversity of its roles toward the development of student life at Stevens. The comprehensive program impacts almost the entire student body in a way that encourages wholesome activities that can be pursued over a lifetime. Stevens offers 26 intercollegiate sports and continues to demonstrate a commitment to the ideals of sportsmanship and the philosophy of NCAA Division III athletics.

Russell Rogers

Since assuming the position of Director of Physical Education, Athletics, and Recreation in 2000, Mr. Rogers has spearheaded a period of rapid growth and development of the intercollegiate athletic programs at Stevens Institute of Technology. Under Mr. Rogers' direction, the Stevens athletic programs have reached unprecedented levels of success.

During his time here, Mr. Rogers has served terms as president of both the Skyline Conference and Knickerbocker Lacrosse Conference. He has also served on the NCAA Division III baseball committee and numerous ECAC committees (women's basketball, men's lacrosse, and marketing). In July of 2008, he began a two-year term as the Second Vice-President of the Empire 8 and is currently the First Vice-President of the conference. Mr. Rogers is also a member of the NCAA Division III men's basketball committee.

In 2009, Mr. Rogers was named the Southeast Athletic Director of the Year by NACDA, and the department has finished 38th in the NACDA Directors' Cup standings for the 2008-09 and 2009-10 school years. Stevens has steadily climbed these rankings since 2000 and is currently 12th after a remarkable start to 2010-11.

Mr. Rogers' athletic administrative career began at Loyola College where he served as the Assistant Director of Recreation. Following a three-year stint at Loyola, he accepted the position of Assistant Director of Athletics for Intramurals and Recreation Sports at Roger Williams University. He joined Stevens in 1995.

A native of Waynesville, N.C., Mr. Rogers attended Wake Forest University where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Health and Sport Science while competing as a member of the Demon Deacon men's tennis team. He would later earn his master's degree in Physical Education, Exercise, and Sports Science at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. While at UNC, Mr. Rogers served as a graduate assistant in the Tar Heel Intramural and Recreation program.

Mr. Rogers is married to the former Mary Jane Lawler. They reside in Branchburg, N.J., with their two children - Bryan and Camryn.

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