Dr. Roger N. Casey
As a first-generation college student who grew up in a rural part of South Carolina, Dr. Roger N. Casey notes higher education changed his life.
“You can probably trace my entire career back to wanting to pay that forward,” he said. “College has been the best 40 years of my life.”
Since 2010, Casey has served as president of McDaniel College in Westminster and also chairs the Maryland Independent College and University Association and sits on the board of the National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities. In March, he will begin a three-year term on the American Council on Education’s board.
Casey enjoys the opportunity to be active in changing students’ lives and helping them achieve their dreams. He also likes the chance to get to meet alumni and see how the college has been a part of shaping who they are and telling that story.
“‘Chief storyteller in charge’ is how I often describe my job,” he said.
When looking at his accomplishments thus far in his McDaniel tenure, Casey is proudest of the college’s scholarship assistance, noting last year’s total reached almost $40 million.
“If you compare that number to a lot of other colleges that have a lot more money than we (do), I think you will see why we are really proud of that,” he said. “Over a third of our students are first-generation students. Over a third are students of color. We are providing really transformative opportunities for students here that they can’t get elsewhere.”