Dr. Roger N. Casey Bio

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

Since 2010, 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 U.S. News, Money, and Colleges That Change Lives; named to the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll; and commended by The New America Foundation for supporting low-income students.

Dr. Casey has overseen construction of Kenneth R. Gill Stadium (donor financed at $8.3M) and the McTeer-Zepp Plaza; and renovations of Englar Dining Hall, Hoover Library and WMC Alumni Hall ($3.7M with a matching Maryland State Grant of $1.5M), four residence halls (funded largely through matching a $5M gift from alumnus Leroy Merritt, for whom the College named its newest academic building), and a number of athletic facilities, as part of a current $50M fundraising initiative. Recent gifts include the largest scholarship bequest in the College’s history (~$6M), which funds the Dorsey Scholars, in addition to two other seven-figure scholarship gifts.

Casey’s initiatives include the creation of the Center for Experience and Opportunity (CEO), a single office comprehensively supporting experiential learning; Global Fellows, a program allowing students to internationalize any major; The Encompass Distinction, a multidisciplinary entrepreneurship curriculum; Teachers for Tomorrow (T4T), a partnership with the Howard County Public School System to diversify its workforce by granting full scholarships to high-achieving, low-income graduates; and Educator's Legacy, a guaranteed $25K/year scholarship for any child of K-12 employees or one of the inaugural community college partners.

Dr. Casey teaches media and cultural studies, 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. His current scholarship addresses both generational issues and social media in higher education. A Kellogg Fellow, Roger has traveled to over 100 countries, studying the role of vision in creating diverse communities.

Roger’s theatrical 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 (a writer, actor, and former director of the Cornell Fine Arts Museum).

Dr. Casey chairs the Board of Trustees for the Maryland Independent College and University Association (MICUA), serves on the Council of Independent Colleges (CIC) steering committee to assess the future of independent colleges, and sits on the Board of Directors and the Student Financial-Aid Committee of the National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities (NAICU).

A Phi Beta Kappan and first-generation college graduate, President Casey holds an M.A. and Ph.D. in English from Florida State University and a B.A. from Furman University in his native South Carolina. He previously served as Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs at Rollins College in Florida and as Associate Dean and professor at Birmingham-Southern College in Alabama. Casey also co-founded the Associated Colleges of the South’s Teaching and Learning Workshop, earned Distinguished Teaching awards from Birmingham-Southern and Florida State, was nominated for the Carnegie National Professor of the Year, and received the Decoration of Honor at Rollins.