Colleen Jennings-Roggensack

March 4, 2016, 8:30 – 9:45 am, Big Think Plenary 1: Disruption and Innovation in Higher Education – The Future of Arts and Design

Colleen Jennings-Roggensack is an arts leader and visionary who for the past 23 years has been the Executive Director for Arizona State University Gammage and Associate Vice President Cultural Affairs. At ASU she is responsible for the historic Frank Lloyd Wright designed ASU Gammage as well as Sun Devil Stadium and Wells Fargo Arena. She currently serves on The Broadway League’s Labor, Road Presenters/Intra-Industry, Diversity and Government Relations Committees and is Arizona’s only Tony voter. Colleen serves on the Creative Capital Board and is a senior advisor to Hermitage Artist Retreat, Women of Color in the Arts and National Theater Project through New England Foundation for the Arts. She is also a past president of the Association of Performing Arts Presenters (APAP) and served on the National Council on the Arts at the bequest of President Clinton. She is a consultant to several universities, colleges and international governments and a featured speaker at conferences.

Colleen has been the recipient of numerous awards including APAP’s Fan Taylor Award, Western Arts Alliance’s Betty Conners Award, the Black Philanthropy Initiative Honor, The Broadway League’s Outstanding Achievement in Presenter Management and Arizona’s Governor’s Arts Award.  In 2012 The Arizona Republic recognized Colleen for Arizona’s 100th Anniversary as one of the individuals who had the greatest impact in the era.

Colleen is married to Dr. Kurt Roggensack, volcanologist at Arizona State University, and the proud mother of Kelsey, a four-time All-American swimmer and graduate of Williams College, who is currently a Fulbright Scholar in Indonesia.