John F. Rogan
2019 Hall of Fame Inductee
John Francis Rogan has enjoyed a distinguished career in finance spanning over 25 years of service in the U.S. Army and 13 years with the state of Wisconsin.
Rogan began his career as a second lieutenant in the Army in 1946, where he served as a member of the finance school faculty at Fort Harrison in Indianapolis, Indiana. While in the Army, he moved through the ranks to become a lieutenant colonel in 1963, when he was named finance and accounting officer at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point. He spearheaded much-needed change to the academy’s payroll, accounting and overall financial management procedures. Rogan capped his military service by achieving the rank of full colonel and serving as president of the local Army Finance Association Chapter prior to his retirement in 1970.
Following his military service, Rogan became Wisconsin’s state director of finance, a role he held for 13 years under five different governors. During this time, he worked to make significant changes to improve Wisconsin’s central payroll, accounting, audit and financial reporting procedures.
Rogan was president of NASACT in 1983, when he also represented NASACT on the Council of State Governments’ Board of Directors. He was a member of the National Council on Governmental Accounting and served on an earlier national state government accounting project committee which developed “Preferred Accounting Practices for State Governments.” During his tenure with NASACT, Rogan was a strong advocate for establishing and properly funding the new Governmental Accounting Standards Board.
He co-chaired the State-Federal Cash Management Reform Task Force, charged by the U.S. Senate with crafting proposed legislation to bring about the timely transfer of federal funds to the states. The work of this task force led to the eventual passage of the Cash Management Improvement Act of 1990, which continues today to promote an equitable cash management relationship between the federal government and the states.
During his 25 years of active military duty, he received numerous awards and honors. In 1992, he was inducted into the Army Finance Corps Hall of Fame.
Rogan’s long and distinguished career is marked by diligence, a strong commitment to process improvement, and an unshakable ability to build consensus on difficult issues.