McDaniel awarded Mellon Grant to support presidential initiatives

July 27, 2011

The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation has awarded McDaniel College a $100,000 new president’s discretionary grant. President Roger Casey intends to use these funds to support presidential initiatives outlined in his inaugural speech in April.

“I want McDaniel to be synonymous with educational imagination that reinvents rather than merely preserves the liberal arts,” Casey said. “Keeping one foot firmly planted in the continuity of our liberal-arts heritage, I challenge us to throw away the shoe on the other foot with great regularity, constantly renewing ourselves in recognition of the only constant of which we can be certain: change.”

Within the scope of Casey’s vision is a renewed emphasis on global studies and experiential opportunities for students to connect the classroom with the world outside. He has pledged to match this grant with an additional $150,000 through fundraising to help establish co-curricular student-centered partnerships.

“We greatly appreciate receiving this grant and the on-going endorsement of our academic excellence by this renowned foundation,” he said.

Casey completed his first year this July as the ninth president of McDaniel College, one of Maryland’s oldest private liberal arts institutions of higher education. A distinguished professor and college administrator, and as a Fellow of the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, Casey, aka Dr. Rog, has traveled to all 50 states and 71 countries (including a 2011 trip to Budapest, Hungary, home to McDaniel’s degree-granting European campus) to engage in transformative learning and study the role of vision in the creation and sustenance of diverse communities.

The three-year grant is the third grant received from Mellon within the decade. A 2007 grant supported the creation of the College’s Center for Faculty Excellence and curricular innovation, which led to the Sophomore Interdisciplinary Studies Colloquium and the Junior Writing Experience.