trustee has strong ties to Chicago and to the U of C
At its June meeting, the University Board
of Trustees elected John W. Rogers Jr., U-High'76, as the U
of C's newest trustee. He is the founder of Chicago's Ariel
Capital Management Inc., an institutional money-management firm
specializing in equities. Since its 1983 founding, the firm-which
also serves as the investment adviser, administrator, and distributor
of Ariel Mutual Funds-has grown from two to 37 employees, with
approximately $3.5 billion in assets.
His father, John W. Rogers, JD'48, a Tuskegee airman who now
presides as a Cook County Circuit Court judge, got his son interested
in investing by buying him stocks at every birthday and Christmas.
His late mother, Jewel S. Lafontant-Mankarious, JD'46, was a
U. S. deputy solicitor general and special counsel for the city
Rogers received his B.A. in economics from Princeton, where
he captained the varsity basketball team, in 1980. A former
member of the Princeton University board of trustees, at the
U of C he serves on both the Council on the Graduate School
of Business and the Visiting Committee to the Irving B. Harris
Graduate School of Public Policy Studies.
Rogers also sits on the boards of Aon Corporation, Bank One
Corporation, Burrell Communications Group, GATX Corporation,
Unicom, and Commonwealth Edison. He is a director of the Chicago
Urban League, a trustee of Rush-Presbyterian-St. Luke's Medical
Center, a board member of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, and
a director of Family Focus Inc.