September 25, 2020
McDaniel College President Roger N. Casey has announced his plans to retire at the end of the 2020–2021 academic year in June 2021.
One of the longest-serving college presidents in the State of Maryland, Casey took office as McDaniel College’s ninth president in July 2010 and oversees McDaniel’s campus in Westminster, Md., as well as the college’s European campus in Budapest, Hungary.
In an announcement sent to the McDaniel community, President Casey said: “Many considerations, both personal and professional, went into this decision for me… but as I reflect on my tenure as president of McDaniel over the last decade, I am constantly reminded of what drew me here in the first place: the people and the community.”
He added, “I have particularly been reminded of this over the past six months as I have watched our campus community come together in extraordinary ways. The strength of the bonds within this community, despite the current pandemic, despite social distancing, let me know I can step down without worries for our future. We are McDaniel strong.”
Throughout his 10 years as president of McDaniel College, Casey has supported the college’s commitment to access and affordability, with McDaniel awarding over $40 million in grants and scholarships annually, while raising McDaniel’s national prominence. In particular, McDaniel has been lauded for its efforts to recruit, enroll and graduate high-need students and has been ranked highly by U.S. News & World Report, Washington Monthly, Money Magazine and The Princeton Review, among others.
Under his leadership, McDaniel has enrolled record-breaking first-year classes and broke the 1,800 mark in undergraduate enrollment for the first time in the institution’s history this fall. Through partnerships with community-based organizations, including the CollegeBound Foundation in Baltimore, McDaniel has also increased its diversity on campus with nearly 50% of the current incoming class identified as students of color.
New scholarships have been developed, including the legacy scholarships valued at $100,000 over four years for children of educators, military personnel, and alumni, as well as the Dorsey Scholars Program from the largest bequest for scholarships in the college’s history. The highest academic honor at McDaniel, the Dorsey scholarships include full tuition, room and board for all four years.