Philanthropist, education advocate Jim Rogers dies

Jim Rogers (KSNV)
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Updated: 6/16 6:00 am

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Jim Rogers, a philanthropist and education advocate who served for free as chancellor of Nevada's higher education system from 2005 to 2009, died Saturday after a bout with cancer at the age of 75.

Rogers also was the owner of KSNV-TV, the NBC affiliate in Las Vegas, and oversaw the growth of Sunbelt Communications into 14 TV stations in five Western states. Sunbelt now is known as Intermountain West Communications Co.

U.S. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, in a statement Sunday, called Rogers as a "terrific" lawyer as well and hailed his philanthropy as "unsurpassed" in Nevada.

Rogers, in a 2007 interview, said he was worth about $300 million and had donated or pledged an estimated $275 million to universities, including $60 million to Nevada universities.

As chancellor, Rogers fought for increased education funding and sought to shake up Nevada's higher education system to improve it.

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