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UK Gatton College inducts three new Hall of Famers

LEXINGTON, Ky. (March 1, 2012) — The University of Kentucky Gatton College of Business and Economics will celebrate the success and achievements of three of its graduates Thursday, March 1, when it inducts these individuals into its Alumni Hall of Fame.  The ceremonies begin at 3 p.m. in the Lexmark Room of the Main Building.

In all, a total of 75 men and women who have distinguished themselves in their business pursuits and in civic and community leadership, now have been recognized by the Gatton College with this high honor since the inception of the hall of fame in 1994.  This is the 18th class of inductees to the hall.

“Induction into the Gatton Hall of Fame is a prestigious honor for our business school alumni,” said Merl Hackbart, interim dean of the college.  “These three outstanding graduates are most deserving of this recognition.  The inductees represent several different professions and career paths, yet all have distinguished themselves in their business pursuits and in civic and community leadership.”

The inductees are:

  • Amitabh Chandra, Class of 2000 and 2001
    professor of public policy at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government

Amitabh Chandra is an economist and a professor of public policy at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government. He is a Research Fellow at the IZA Institute in Bonn, Germany, and at the National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER).  In 2011, he served as Massachusetts’ special commissioner on provider price reform.  His research focuses on productivity and cost-growth in health care and racial disparities in health care.  His research has been supported by the National Institute of Aging, the National Institute of Child Health and Development, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, and has been published in the American Economic Review, the Journal of Political Economy, the New England Journal of Medicine, and Health Affairs.  He is an editor of the Review of Economics and Statistics, Economics Letters, and the American Economic Journal, and was previously an editor at the Journal of Human Resources. Professor Chandra has testified to the United States Senate, the National Academy of Science, the Institute of Medicine and the United States Commission on Civil Rights. His research has been featured in the New York Times, the Washington Post, CNN, Newsweek, and on National Public Radio.  He is the recipient of an Outstanding Teacher Award, the first-prize recipient of the Upjohn Institute’s Dissertation Award, the Kenneth Arrow Award for best paper in health economics, and the Eugene Garfield Award for the impact of medical research.  Professor Chandra has been a consultant to the RAND Corporation, Microsoft, and the Blue Cross Blue Shield Foundation of Massachusetts.  He received his undergraduate, master’s, and doctoral degrees from the University of Kentucky.

  • Ruth Cecelia Day, Class of 1985
    vice president for administrative services at Landstar System, Inc.

Ruth is currently vice president for administrative services at Landstar System, Inc. (NASDAQ: LSTR), a multi billion dollar transportation services corporation headquartered in Jacksonville, Fla., managing service centers in Illinois, Kentucky and Florida. Ruth is a certified public accountant with over 24 years of increasingly responsible financial management positions, ranging from division CFO to her current position. She is a 1985 University of Kentucky College of Business graduate and started her career with KPMG. Shortly after graduation, Ruth became a UK Alumni Association life member and has remained active in giving back to her alma mater by starting and serving as president of the Jacksonville UK Alumni Club, serves on the UK Accounting Advisory Board and is a UK Barker Fellow.




  • Donald C. Rogers, Class of 1965 and 1967
    chairman, Rogers Petroleum, Inc.

Donald C. Rogers is a graduate of the University of Kentucky with a bachelor’s degree in marketing in 1965 and an MBA in 1967. He was employed by Exxon from 1967-1980 in a variety of marketing, sales, and management positions and then in 1980 founded Rogers Petroleum Inc., based in Morristown, Tenn., which is now one of the largest conventional and renewable fuels, lubricants, and convenience store companies in the southeast. Rogers Petroleum has been honored by customers, suppliers, and trade associations for its commitment to excellence over the past 31 years.  Rogers is a past president of the Tennessee Oil Marketers. In 2003, he was elected to the Junior Achievement of East Tennessee Business Hall of Fame. He has a particular passion for United Way, serving twice as Hamblen County campaign chairman and as board president. A member of United Way’s Alexis de Tocqueville Society since 2002, he also received the Hamblen County United Way Community Service Award in 2008. In 2010, he was recognized by the the Hamblen County Chamber of Commerce by receiving their Community Service Award. Rogers is also a Frank G. Dickey Fellow in the University of Kentucky Fellows Society.  He has been an active member of First Presbyterian Church, Morristown for 31 years and is currently serving another term as an active elder. He and his wife Penney have been married for 46 years and they have three children and five grandchildren.