As Roger N. Casey prepares to retire in June 2021 after 10 years as president of McDaniel College, he said he’s proudest of the college’s commitment to access and affordability.
“As a first-generation college graduate myself, I know firsthand the life-changing impact that higher education has had on my life,” he said.
Under Casey, McDaniel invests more than $40 million a year in grants and scholarships, including $25,000 scholarships for children of schoolteachers, military personnel and alumni. As a result, McDaniel has been recognized for its commitment by Washington Monthly, Money Magazine and The Princeton Review, among others.
Casey welcomed McDaniel’s largest freshman class ever this fall, despite the pandemic, and also topped 1,800 undergraduates for the first time. Students are more diverse, with almost 50% of freshmen identified as students of color. He said the college has built its curriculum around the McDaniel Commitment, which guarantees every student will have at least two experiential learning opportunities.
Casey is also a national leader in higher education as chair of the National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities, is on the American Council on Education board of directors and is the immediate past-chair for the Maryland Independent College and University Association.
Casey is planning a one-year sabbatical and then possibly returning to teach, perhaps at McDaniel’s European campus in Budapest, Hungary. Casey remains committed to helping McDaniel students grow.
“Learn to listen to people with whom you disagree and become friends with those most unlike you,” he advises. “You must learn to listen to and analyze a myriad of ideas and positions, some of which are directly counter to your most sacred points of view. That is how you learn.”
He also advises students to find joy in their lives. “I have found that the happiest people in the world are able to say two things every day: I learned something new today and I helped someone today. Always keep those principles at the forefront of each and every day.”
“As a first-generation college graduate myself, I know firsthand the life-changing impact that higher education has had on my life”