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Inauguration of Ninth President
McDaniel community celebrates inauguration of ninth president

Gill Learning Center on College Hill, Westminster, Maryland
Gill Learning Center
With the theme, "Changing Lives for a Changing World," McDaniel College installed its ninth president, Roger N. Casey, in an inauguration ceremony at 2:30 p.m. April 16 in Gill Learning Center on College Hill, Westminster, Maryland.

National and local dignitaries delivered remarks
delivering remarks
National and local dignitaries – including state Sen. Edward J. Kasemeyer ' 67, Westminster City Mayor Kevin R. Utz, Phi Beta Kappa Society Secretary John Churchill and McDaniel College Alumni Association President-elect Sally F. Stanfield ' 78 delivered remarks during the ceremony. Special remarks from faculty came from college librarian Jane F. Sharpe, McDaniel-Budapest Dean Laszlo Frenyo, and Richard Carpenter, professor of Exercise Science and Physical Education.

Biography of Dr. Roger N. Casey

Dr. Roger N. Casey
Dr. Roger N. Casey

Roger N. Casey became the ninth president of McDaniel College on July 1, 2010, following Dr. John Develin Coley, who had filled the post for ten years. A proven leader with 20 years of experience in higher education, Dr. Casey previously served as Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost, and a Professor of English and Media Studies, at Rollins College, located in central Florida near Orlando.

In a December 2009 letter following his election as McDaniel College president, he wrote, "I will do my best to live up to the expectations of those who have given me the chance to be the organizational leader of a community that champions the profoundly empowering instruments of the liberal arts. That tradition, and the sense of community that undergirds it, is what first drew me to the Hill. Building on the exceptional work of President Coley and her predecessors, my job is now clear: to make sure everyone hears the fullest understanding of what that tradition and its present manifestation means at McDaniel. I believe that message is important to our existing community, to future students, to this region, to donors and other supporters, to American higher education, and to the world. The message is that McDaniel makes a difference. McDaniel matters. We change lives. I eagerly look forward to changing them with you."

As a Kellogg National Leadership Fellow, Dr. Casey traveled to 16 countries over a four-year period to examine the role of vision in the creation of community, a transformational experience that has instilled in him a strong sense of global and local responsibility. He has now studied and traveled in well over 60 countries – from Buddhist monasteries in Thailand to the Dalai Lama' s home in India, from Maya villages in Guatemala to the Rapa Nui society of Easter Island – where he has learned invaluable lessons about leadership.

His two current scholarly passions are studying the impact of Generation X and The Millennials on higher education today and examining literary and media depictions of the complex relationships between teachers and students.

Prior to becoming Rollins Provost, Dr. Casey served Birmingham-Southern College in Alabama as an Associate Dean and professor from 1991-2000. He is also the former Director and 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 University.

Dr. Casey holds an M.A. and a Ph.D. in English from Florida State University, and as a first-generation college student, he earned his B.A. from Furman University in his native South Carolina, where he graduated Phi Beta Kappa.

He is married to Robyn Allers, a writer, actor, and formerly the Interim Director of Cornell Fine Arts Museum at Rollins College.

Dr. Casey' s guiding principle: "Every day I want to learn something, and every day I want to make something better."