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The Inauguration of our 10th President

For over one hundred and fifty years, McDaniel College has been changing lives of students from around the world.  Founded as one of the nation’s first independent, coeducational institutions of higher learning, today McDaniel is a diverse, student-centered community committed to excellence in the liberal arts and sciences and professional studies.   Throughout the 150 year history of McDaniel College, we have celebrated 9 presidents.  On April 9, 2022, we will inaugurate Dr. Julia Jasken as our 10th President. 

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Installation Ceremony Save the Date April 9, 2022

Our Installation Ceremony marks an inspiring new chapter in the proud history of McDaniel College. Join us on April 9, 2022 at 3:30 p.m. for the installation of President Julia Jasken.


Join the Celebration

Alumni, faculty, staff, students and friends are invited to join the celebration, which will begin April 6 and culminate in the Installation on April 9.

A detailed schedule of events will be shared in early 2022. 

If you are interested in staying up-to-date on the events or would like to participate in the Installation Ceremony as a delegate, contact the planning committee at


Meet President Jasken

On June 1, 2021, Dr. Julia Jasken became the 10th president of McDaniel College and the second woman president in the college’s 154-year history. She has dedicated nearly her entire professional life to higher education and most notably to McDaniel, beginning in the classroom in 2003 as an English professor specializing in new media pedagogy and teaching a variety of professional writing courses.

A champion of both the liberal arts and McDaniel’s student-centered mission, she has overseen many of the college’s most important strategic initiatives. She is also a strong proponent of campus-community partnerships. Currently, Dr. Jasken resides on campus with her husband, David, two sons, Iain and Kyle, and adopted dog, Kira.

Inauguration Committee

Our sincere appreciation goes to those who are volunteering their time to help plan this celebration. In addition to the members of our steering committee listed below, there are more than 30 faculty, staff, trustees, and current students assisting to make this a momentous occasion for our entire community.  

Inauguration Steering Committee members:  

  • Janelle Holmboe, Chair of the Inauguration Steering Committee 

  • Bruce H. Preston ’75, Chair, McDaniel College Board of Trustees 

  • Ralph O. Frith '84, Vice Chair, McDaniel College Board of Trustees 

  • Marissa Lander, Chief of Staff, President’s Office   

  • Katie Hollabaugh, Communications and Events Manager, President’s Office  

  • Heidi Reigel ’97, Associate Vice President for Alumni & Admissions 

  • Chip Junkin M.S. ’15, Senior Associate Vice President of Institutional Advancement  

  • Christina Goodman, Executive Director Advancement Engagement & Communications, Institutional Advancement 

  • Eric Immler, Director of Campus Safety  

  • Jenny McKenzie ’01, Associate Professor of Kinesiology