The NDSCS Alumni Foundation would like to congratulate Roger Worner on being named the 2018 Alumnus of the Year. As a 1963 graduate of NDSSS, Roger can testify to using treasured times of the past to feel better about things today. He has achieved prominence in his career and is considered an expert in the education field. Roger continues to support NDSCS as an Alumni Foundation 1903 Founder’s Club member, Catbacker Director’s Club member and NDSCS Performing Arts Benefactor Level member. He and his wife, Kay, support the DREAMS Auction and attend as many Ottertail Lakes Area Reunions and NDSCS Homecoming events as their busy lives permit.
Roger is a Wahpeton, N.D., native and still has strong roots here. He graduated from Wahpeton High School in 1961, was an excellent student and a four-sport athlete, participating in football, wrestling, track and field, and baseball.
Choosing NDSCS to start his secondary education, Roger registered with his brother, Michael, and several other Wahpeton classmates. He kept himself on assignment as a sportswriter for the College paper. His Wildcat athletics participation included boxing, track and field, and football. Roger was recently inducted into the NDSCS Athletics Hall of Fame as a member of the 1962 NDSSS football team. He graduated in 1963 with an associate’s degree in Liberal Arts and many great life skills.
Roger then matriculated to North Dakota State University and graduated in 1965 with a Bachelor of Arts in Secondary Education and a major in chemistry and in 1967 completed a Master of Science in Education Administration. Roger taught middle school and high school students in New Effington, S.D. In 1969, he completed a Ph.D. in Educational Administration from New York University.
After completion of his formal education, Roger worked in three primary areas, which included educational administration, consulting as an independent contractor and as a university professor.
In 2003, Dr. Worner started an education consulting firm, Roger Worner and Associates. His firm completed more than 400 studies primarily for public and private schools located in the Midwest. He currently serves as a Professor of Educational Administration at St. Cloud State University. Dr. Worner has also authored two books in the area of curriculum.
Roger serves on a local YMCA Board of Directors in the suburban Twin Cities area. He also volunteers his time counseling young students at a juvenile detention center in his area.
Roger is a great ambassador for NDSCS, informing others about his positive college experiences. He plans regular gatherings with other NDSCS alumni in the Twin Cities area. Roger stays connected, gives generously and still bleeds red and black. The Worner family was honored with the NDSCS Family Tradition Award in 2016.
Roger and his wife, Kay, currently reside in the northern suburb of Cedar, Minn. in the Twin Cities area.