Kevin Rollins is a distinguished business leader with strong ties to Utah. He has been inducted into the Utah Information Technology Hall of Fame. He most recently served as president and chief executive officer for Dell Computer Corporation, leading the company to a net revenue of $55.9 billion worldwide in 2006.
Prior to being CEO, Kevin led Dell’s Americas region with operations in the United States, Canada, Mexico, and Latin America.
Formerly a partner and director at Bain & Co. in Boston, Mass., Kevin specialized in strategies and management for high-tech and consumer product clients. While with Bain, he helped develop strategies that propelled Dell into a leadership position in the direct selling of computer systems in the United States.
He serves on the boards of the Austin Symphony Orchestra, KLRU public television, and Catalyst, a national organization for the advancement of women in the workplace.
Mr. Rollins earned his master’s of business administration and bachelor’s degrees from Brigham Young University. While attending BYU, he met his wife, the former Debra Skinner. Mr. Rollins was born and raised in Utah and is an accomplished violinist.
The Rollins are the parents of four children and five grandchildren.
Other Major Contributors
Larry and Gail Miller
Larry Miller’s impact in the Beehive State is far reaching. In addition to overseeing more than seventy business enterprises, Larry taught BYU entrepreneurship classes for almost twenty years. Beyond the car dealerships and movie theaters, Larry was well known for his philanthropic contributions. Larry married his high school sweetheart, Karen Gail Saxton; they had five children. The Miller Competition Series, BYU and the Rollins Center’s flagship student startup competition, was endowed in their name.
J. Owen Cherrington
Dr. J. Owen Cherrington, founding director of the Kevin and Debra Rollins Center for Entrepreneurship and Technology, served BYU and the Marriott School faithfully from August 1978 until his death in April 2005. Dr. Cherrington was universally admired and respected, and he leaves a remarkable legacy of faith, scholarship, hard work, and determination. With his wife, Kris, he raised six wonderful children: Kelly, Julie, Tracy, Mark, Sandra, and Laura. His family is truly his crowning achievement. We here at the Rollins Center feel like a part of his family too, and we are grateful to honor Dr. J. Owen Cherrington for his life’s work.