McDaniel College recently kicked off a year-long celebration of its 150th anniversary to honor its past, present, and future. Founded in 1867 as the first coeducational college south of the Mason-Dixon Line, McDaniel was formerly known as Western Maryland College, possibly suggested by John Smith, president of the Western Maryland railroad. In 2002, the College was renamed for William Roberts McDaniel in honor of his 65-year association with the College as a student, professor, administrator, and trustee.
Today, McDaniel offers a personalized, interdisciplinary, global curriculum to 1,600 undergraduates and 1,400 graduate students, who choose among more than 70 undergraduate programs of study, including dual and student-designed majors, plus 25 graduate programs. Students can learn beyond McDaniel’s 160-acre campus in Westminster on the College’s European campus in Budapest, Hungary, and study abroad partnerships on many continents.
As part of the College’s sesquicentennial celebration, alumni and friends gathered on October 20 for the 2017 Alumni Association Awards banquet. Among the honorees was State Senator Ed Kasemeyer who received the Alumni Community Service Award in recognition of his community involvement and service. Kasemeyer has been a member of the Maryland General Assembly for 32 years and currently serves as Chairman of the Senate Budget and Taxation Committee. A lifelong Maryland resident, Kasemeyer has provided statewide leadership on public policies impacting disadvantaged Marylanders, small businesses, college affordability, and community empowerment. Throughout his career in State service, Kasemeyer has remained connected to his local community and constituents.
Since 2010, Dr. Roger N. Casey has served as the ninth President of McDaniel College. 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.