Dr. Roger N. Casey Bio
Since 2010, Dr. Roger N. Casey has served as the ninth President of McDaniel College of Westminster, Maryland, and Budapest, Hungary. During his tenure, McDaniel has been rated highly by US 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 generous support of low-income students. McDaniel is currently experiencing its largest, most diverse applicant pools and highest selectivity ever.
Dr. Casey has overseen an architectural award-winning renovation of Englar Dining Hall and construction of Kenneth R. Gill Stadium, donor financed at $8.3M. The College has completed the first phase of a $3.7M renovation of Hoover Library and WMC Alumni Hall and renovated three first-year residences, funded largely through donors matching a $5M gift from alumnus Leroy Merritt, for whom the College just named its newest academic building. Recent major gifts include the largest scholarship bequest in the College’s history ($6.7M), $1M for residence halls, and $420K for student-faculty research. Other initiatives include the creation of the Center for Experience and Opportunity (CEO), a single office providing comprehensive support to assure that all students engage in out-of-class learning experiences, and the launch of Global Fellows, a curriculum allowing students to internationalize their major.
A professor of English, Dr. Casey teaches courses in media, popular culture, drama, and leadership. He has spoken internationally to hundreds of organizations 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. He appears regularly on Baltimore’s WYPR. Roger’s current scholarship addresses both generational issues and social media in higher education. A Kellogg Fellow, Roger has traveled to nearly eighty countries, studying the role of vision in creating diverse communities. He also serves as vice-chair of the Maryland Independent College and University Association (MICUA), and on the executive boards of Maryland-DC Campus Compact, the I-Fund, and the NCAA Presidents’ Advisory Committee.
Roger has also received theatrical recognition. His credits include acting the lead 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 (a writer, actor, and former director of the Cornell Fine Arts Museum), most recently in a stage adaptation of letters between F. Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald.
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. From 2000-10, he served as Provost & Vice President for Academic Affairs at Rollins College in Winter Park (Orlando), Florida. For nine years prior, he served Birmingham-Southern College in Alabama as an Associate Dean and professor. Casey is also the co-founder of the Associated Colleges of the South’s Teaching and Learning Workshop. 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.