McDaniel College - Changing Lives for a Changing World.
The inauguration of Dr. Roger N. Casey as the Ninth President of McDaniel College

"Today , I fearlessly and boldly claim that McDaniel is, as Rev. Reese observed on our founding, a Shining College Upon a Hill. Thus, as educational pilgrims, sojourners on the voyage of learning and carried by a ship named Artes Liberalis, we must progress. Spirited by the charge of Kennedy and Reagan, I call on us to 'renew our determination, our courage, and our strength.' 'We have every right to dream heroic dreams.' E tenebris in lucem voco. As the gospel choir might translate: 'This little light of mine; I’m gonna let it shine.' It is time for McDaniel to shine in all its brilliance above the plain of American higher education. We shined fearlessly and boldly after the Civil War as the first co-educational college in the South. We shined again brilliantly eighty years ago in an era with striking parallels to the present."

- Dr. Roger N. Casey, Ninth President of McDaniel College

Dr. Roger N. Casey Bio

McDaniel President Dr. Roger N. Casey and his wife Robyn after his inauguration in 2011.

Dr. Roger N. Casey is the ninth President of McDaniel College in Westminster, Maryland, and Budapest, Hungary. During his five-year tenure, McDaniel has been rated highly by U.S. News, Kiplinger’s, and Colleges That Change Lives; named to the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll; and commended by The New America Foundation for its support of low-income students. 

Dr. Casey has overseen an award-winning renovation of Englar Dining Hall and other areas of the Decker College Center and the construction of Kenneth R. Gill Stadium, donor financed at $8.3M.  The College completed a $3.7M renovation of Hoover Library and WMC Alumni Hall and four residence halls, funded largely through matching a $5M gift from alumnus Leroy Merritt, for whom the College named its newest academic building. Recent gifts include the largest scholarship bequest in the College’s history (~$6M), which funds the Dorsey Scholars. His initiatives include the creation of the Center for Experience and Opportunity (CEO), a single office providing comprehensive support to assure all students engage in out-of-class learning experiences, and Global Fellows, a curriculum allowing students to internationalize any major.

Dr. Casey teaches courses in media, popular culture, drama, and leadership. He has spoken internationally to hundreds of groups and authored numerous articles and the book, Textual Vehicles: The Automobile in American Literature. His cultural analysis has appeared in The New York Times, Forbes, The Chronicle of Philanthropy, USA Today, and on CNN, ABC, and CBS. His current scholarship addresses both generational issues and social media in higher education. A Kellogg Fellow, Roger has traveled to nearly 90 countries, studying the role of vision in creating diverse communities. 

President Casey sits on the Council of Independent Colleges (CIC) steering committee to assess the future of independent colleges and leads the CIC New Presidents’ Institute program in enrollment management. He also serves as vice-chair of the Maryland Independent College and University Association (MICUA), as well as president of the Independent College Fund of Maryland, and sits on the National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities (NAICU) Student Financial Aid Committee and the executive board of Maryland-DC Campus Compact. He is also the co-founder of the Associated Colleges of the South’s Teaching and Learning Workshop. 

Roger has also received theatrical recognition. His credits include acting in David Mamet’s Oleanna and directing Pulitzer Prize-winners Three Tall Women and How I Learned to Drive. He has worked extensively with his wife, Robyn Allers (an actor, writer, and former director of the Cornell Fine Arts Museum). 

A Phi Beta Kappan and first-generation college graduate, President Casey holds an M.A. and a Ph.D. in English from Florida State University and a B.A. from Furman University in his native South Carolina. He previously served Rollins College in Florida as Provost & Vice President for Academic Affairs and Birmingham-Southern College in Alabama as an Associate Dean and professor. He received Distinguished Teaching awards from Birmingham-Southern and Florida State, was a nominee for the Carnegie National Professor of the Year, and was awarded the Decoration of Honor by Rollins.

Spring Graduate registration begins
April 1, 2015, 12:00 am
Fall undergraduate registration
April 6, 2015, 12:00 am
"WENDELL." at WMC Alumni Hall
April 15, 2015, 7:30 pm