Susan Rogers

Vice Chancellor for Communications

Biography

As Vice Chancellor for Communications, Susan Rogers has University-wide responsibility for providing strategic leadership that shapes the character, direction, and underlying principles guiding the University’s institutional communications.

Her office takes primary responsibility for organizing University-wide communication resources, brand identity and positioning, internal and external messaging, media visibility/media relations, and crisis communication. The division strives to function as an integrated team in service to the University’s mission and vision.

Rogers serves as executive advisor to the chancellor as it pertains to communications, with responsibility for providing oversight and direction to the University’s communication efforts institution-wide through collaboration and partnership with those who seek to promote and support the highest aspirations of Pitt and its people.  

Prior to joining Pitt, Rogers was the vice president for advancement at the University of Texas at Dallas, a position she was appointed to after serving as UT Dallas’ vice president for communications for eight years. She founded the UT Dallas office of communications, whose work brought UT Dallas to wide recognition as a rising research institution and supported the doubling of enrollment and tripling of annual research expenditures. As vice president for advancement, she championed planning and fundraising for the university’s alumni center, the first fully donor-funded capital project in UT Dallas’ history. She has also served as associate vice chancellor for university relations at the University of Arkansas, and as director of marketing and communication for the office of development at Stanford University. 

Rogers has been a consultant to non-profits including the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, the Central Park Conservancy, Long Island University, Lynchburg College, DePauw University, and the University of Delaware. She worked as a journalist at organizations including The Dallas Morning News, The Miami Herald, The Chicago Sun-Times, and the Associated Press.

She earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism from The University of Texas at Austin, and was selected to participate in the year-long Governor’s Executive Development Program at the University of Texas at Austin LBJ School of Public Affairs. She served as a lay leader in the University Christian Church of Fort Worth youth ministry for more than a decade, and as a lay training committee convener for students of Texas Christian University’s Brite Divinity School. 

Rogers is married to Doug J. Swanson, a journalist, novelist, and biographer who teaches investigative methods at the University of Texas at Austin and writes for The Dallas Morning News. They have two adult children.