Curtis Rodgers

Vice Dean, School of General Studies
Special Advisor to the Provost for Veteran Initiatives


Identification of top-performing adult, returning, and veteran students; enrollment management; adult education


M.A., State University of New York (SUNY) at Albany
B.A., State University of New York (SUNY) at Albany


CBS News; New York Times On Education


Curtis Rodgers currently serves as vice dean and is the senior administrative officer for the School of General Studies, an undergraduate college at Columbia University, with more than 2,800 students enrolled and a $100 million operating budget. Rodgers has a staff of more than 70 higher education professionals and oversees six administrative units, which include the Office of Admissions, Enrollment Management (including Operations and Information Systems), the Office of Communications, the Office of Educational Financing, Human Resources, and Budget and Finance. He is also responsible for managing international dual and joint bachelor’s degree programs, veteran recruitment, and the School's engagement with the Office of Alumni and Development.

During his time at Columbia University, Rodgers has gained broad experience identifying a variety of top-performing adult, returning, veteran, nontraditional, and traditional students, as well as developing innovative enrollment and retention strategies for these distinct populations. His experiences working with military service members and veterans over the last 20 years led to his founding, along with Dean Peter J. Awn, the Center for Veteran Transition and Integration at Columbia University. Rodgers has an undergraduate degree in political science and computer science from the University at Albany, and a master’s degree in public policy analysis with a concentration in higher education policy from Rockefeller College of Public Affairs and Policy, SUNY Albany.