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.

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.

Introduction Convocation
August 20, 2014, 12:00 am
August 20, 2014, 12:00 am
Undergraduate classes begin
August 25, 2014, 12:00 am
Labor Day - College Closed
September 1, 2014, 12:00 am
Labor Day - College Closed
September 1, 2014, 12:00 am
Last date to add an undergraduate class
September 3, 2014, 4:30 pm
“Le démantèlement/The Auction”
September 15, 2014, 5:00 pm
Graduate Open House at Hoover Library
September 17, 2014, 6:00 pm
2014 Grandparents Conference
September 20, 2014, 8:30 am
January Term undergraduate registration
September 22, 2014, 12:00 am