Ken Roering distinguished himself on the gridiron at Saint John's as a two-time All-American football player and key member of the 1963 national championship team. Almost 50 years later, Roering still ranks in the top ten of all time in yards per reception.
Roering went on to earn a Ph.D. in business administration and a highly successful career in academia. From 1982 to 2004, he held the prestigious Pillsbury Company-Paul S. Gerot Chair in Marketing at the Carlson School of Management at the University of Minnesota, where he is currently a professor emeritus. Roering has been a consultant to numerous national corporations and is a prolific author.
Saint John's has been a grateful recipient of his expertise. He served on the Board of Regents from 2006 to 2012, and continues on the Board of Trustees. He recently chaired the SJU presidential search process.
The Basten Award honors a former Johnnie football player who has been an outstanding leader as an alumnus. It is given in honor of the late Bob Basten '82, a former Minnesota Viking, business executive and founder of the Playing to Win for Life Foundation for ALS Research.