Colleen Jennings-Roggensack

Executive Director of ASU Gammage
ASU Vice President for Cultural Affairs

Colleen Jennings-Roggensack has been presenting the performing arts for the past 35 years.  She is currently Executive Director of Arizona State University Gammage; ASU Vice President for Cultural Affairs with artistic, fiscal and administrative responsibility for two cultural facilities, with additional responsibility for Sun Devil Stadium and Wells Fargo Arena for non-athletic activities including concerts as well as commencement and convocation exercises.

Colleen was nominated by President Clinton and confirmed by the US Senate to serve on the National Council on the Arts.  She was sworn in at the 121st Council meeting in August 1994, and served until November 1997.  She served as an Ambassador for the Arts for the National Council on the Arts until 2004.  Colleen worked with the National Endowment for the Arts and Department of Education on the Goals 2000 Arts Education Action Planning Process, and she has spoken at the Library of Congress.  In September 2008, she served as keynote speaker at the Alabama Humanities Summit on Technology in Birmingham.  In July 1996, she spoke at An American Canvas in Salt Lake City.  In 1998, she served as a key speaker at the Classical Music Summit and the Performing Arts Center Summit in Hartford, Connecticut.

Colleen was recognized for her contributions to the arts when she received the 2012 Governor’s Arts Award in the Individual category; Trends magazine named her as a Trendsetter 2012; in 2012, Arizona celebrated their 100th Anniversary and The Arizona Republic named Colleen as one of the individuals who had the greatest impact in the era; 2010 Living History Award from the Phoenix Chapter of The Links, Inc., the Phoenix Chapter of Jack & Jill of America, Inc. and the Sigma Pi Phi Fraternity, Inc., and Phoenix Gamma Mu Chapter; the 2009 Touring Broadway Award from The Broadway League for Outstanding Achievement in Presenter Management; the Girl Scouts World of the Arts Award, October 2008; Mill Avenue District Esteemed Excellence Award, April 2008; the Fan Taylor Award presented by the Association of Performing Arts Presenters, January 2007; Women Who Care Award presented by Phoenix Theatre, April 2006; the Second Annual La Voce Delle Arti Award by the Orpheus Male Chorus, March 2005; and by the Consortium of Black Organizations and Others for the Arts, March 1997.  Also in 1997, Colleen was recognized for her work with the disabled community.  Western Arts Alliance honored her with the Betty Connors Award in September 1996.  Colleen was selected International Association of Administrative Professionals Kachina Chapter’s 1995/96 Executive of the Year.  Colleen was selected as a 1995 YWCA Tribute to Women Award winner in the Professional category.  The YWCA recognized her achievements in raising the quality of life for women and their families, which embodies those characteristics and accomplishments of the YWCA mission.  

Colleen has held positions at Dartmouth College and Colorado State University.  She was Director of Performing Arts and Professional Development at the Western States Arts Federation.  She has served on numerous NEA, regional and state panels, as well as being an invited speaker at national conferences.  She was an advisor to the National Dance Project, Africa Exchange Advisory Council, The Japan Foundation and its performing arts program, and a contemporary theatre partnership with the US/Netherlands Project.

Colleen served three years as the President of the Association of Performing Arts Presenters and is a former Board member on the Arizonans for Cultural Development, Western States Arts Federation and the Tempe Convention & Visitors Bureau (Chairman 2005/06, 2004/05, 1996/97).  She currently serves as a Board member on The Broadway League Board of Governors, Childsplay and Creative Capital.  She also serves on The Broadway League Labor Committee, Road Presenters/Intra-Industry Committee, Road/Labor Subcommittee, co-chaired the 2009 Spring Road Conference and co-chaired the 2010 Biennial Conference.  She was Co-Chair of the 2004 Presidential Debate at Arizona State University.  She was Vice-Chair for Special Events for the Super Bowl XXX Host Committee and she coordinated the first-ever Super Bowl Concert Series, January 1996.  She is a member of Rotary Club of Phoenix 100 (Paul Harris Fellow). 

She has been on the Board of Directors of the American Arts Alliance and has testified before Congress on behalf of public funding for the arts.  Colleen served as a consultant to various private philanthropic organizations and is currently consulted with the University of Alabama Tuscaloosa on their Creative Campus model and the University of Utah and Penn State.  In January 1998, she addressed an International Presenters Forum for multicultural exchange in New York City.

Formerly a dancer and choreographer, she is married to Dr. Kurt Roggensack, volcanologist at Arizona State University, and has a 22-year old daughter, Kelsey, a recent graduate of Williams College and a four time All-American swimmer.

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