Dr. Roger N. Casey Bio

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

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 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 (~$5.2M), five residence halls (funded largely through matching a $5M gift from alumnus Leroy Merritt), and a number of athletic and educational facilities as part of a current $50M fundraising initiative (including a Maryland State Grant of $3M). Recent gifts include the largest scholarship bequest in the College’s history (~$6M), which funds the Dorsey Scholars.

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; and Educator's Legacy, a guaranteed $25K/year scholarship for any child of K-12 or community-college employees.

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 generational issues 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), sits on the Board of the National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities (NAICU), is Vice-Chair of the Centennial Athletic Conference, and serves on the Council of Independent Colleges (CIC) steering committee to assess the future of independent colleges.

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, and was nominated for the Carnegie National Professor of the Year.