Dr. Roger N. Casey Bio

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

Dr. Roger N. Casey has served as the ninth President of McDaniel College of Westminster, Maryland, and Budapest, Hungary, since 2010. During his tenure, Dr. Casey has overseen the donor-funded construction of Kenneth R. Gill Stadium and McTeer-Zepp Plaza. He has supervised major renovations of Gill Physical Education Learning Center, Englar Dining Hall, Hoover Library, WMC Alumni Hall, and five residence halls. Under his leadership, McDaniel received the largest scholarship bequest in the College’s history (~$6M), which funds the Dorsey Scholars. He currently leads "Enduring Commitment," a $50M fundraising effort in celebration of the College's 150th anniversary. 

Dr. Casey’s initiatives include creating 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, an entrepreneurship curriculum; and the Legacy Scholarships — Educators, Military, Alumni — $100,000 scholarships for children of school employees, veterans, or alumni.

Dr. Casey teaches cultural studies, drama, and leadership. He has spoken around the globe to over a hundred organizations and authored 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 organizations. A Kellogg Fellow, Dr. Casey has traveled to over 100 countries, studying the role of vision in creating diverse communities.

Dr. Casey chairs the Centennial Athletic Conference and is on the NCAA Division III Chancellors/Presidents Advisory Group, where he serves as an advisor to the Division III Presidents Council, the highest governing body in the division. He is currently vice chair of the National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities (NAICU) Board of Directors for a one-year term before assuming the position of board chair. He is also serving a three-year term on the Board of Directors of the American Council on Education (ACE), the major coordinating body for the nation’s colleges and universities.

He was previously on the Council of Independent Colleges (CIC) steering committee to assess the future of independent colleges. As one of the longest-serving independent college presidents in the State of Maryland, he is also the former chair of the Maryland Independent College and University Association (MICUA), the voice of independent higher education in Maryland.

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 & Vice President for Academic Affairs at Rollins College in Florida and as Associate Dean and professor at Birmingham-Southern College in Alabama. He 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. In 2019, he was named an Influential Marylander by The Daily Record for his contribution to higher education and leadership in Maryland. He is married to Robyn Allers (former director of the Cornell Fine Arts Museum). 

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

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